What kind of exercise is best for someone 55 and over?
Laura Corio, MD:
Oh my goodness, the weight bearing exercise and just the strength training is fantastic for women over 55 because there's a loss of muscle mass as we age,so we want to prevent muscle wasting. And the way to do that is to do weight bearing exercise, which means walking, running, basketball, rock climbing, tennis,anything where you put your feet down. At least 30 minutes, 3 times a week. Walk on that treadmill. Go out and walk the dog. Get out there and walk. And then, the weights, the low weights,less than 10 pounds, less than 5 pounds, doing your upper torso a half an hour twice a week. Get someone to work with you and really show you,but that weight training, oh my god, I don't want to be near these women. They are strong, and it really helps them as far as aging.