Whatever your age, being physically active helps you reduce risk for several cancers, type-2 diabetes and heart disease. In fact, staying strong and limber becomes even more important with aging. Check out these simple tips to build movement into your daily routine.
For cancer prevention, AICR recommends being moderately active at least 30 minutes every day. U.S. government guidelines say adults - including those over 65 - should also do muscle-strengthening exercises at least two days a week to boost balance and strength.
If you aren't active, start with simple activities like walking or beginner's yoga to get your heart beating a little faster. If you're at risk for falling, try trekking poles or other walking sticks to improve your stability and balance. Strengthen your muscles and bone with easy resistance moves at least two days a week.
Once you’ve gradually built up your endurance, meet your 30-plus minutes of activity by doing it all at one time or doing small chunks more often. Try adding light weights to your strength training routine.
The trick to moving more for life is to find joy in your chosen activities. Keep things interesting by experimenting with new ways to stay active.
Adding activity can also improve your quality of life if you’re already living with a chronic condition. If you have concerns, always discuss appropriate activities with your health care provider.