Top 5 Big Benefits of Staying Active

Today, we know a lot more about older adults and their need to exercise. Regardless of their health and physical abilities, older adults can gain a lot by staying physically active. Even if you have difficulty standing or walking, you can still exercise and benefit from it. In fact, in most cases, you have more to lose by not doing anything.

1. Maintain and improve your physical strength and fitness.

2. Improve your ability to do the things you want to do.

3. Help improve your balance

4. Help manage and prevent diseases like diabetes, heart disease, breast and colon cancer, and osteoporosis

5. Reduces feelings of depression, may improve mood and overall wellbeing, and may improve or maintain some aspects of cognitive function, such as your ability to shift quickly between tasks, plan an activity, and ignore irrelevant information

As you've probably noticed, the key word is you. The benefits you gain from physical activity will depend on your starting point and how much effort you put into it.

You'll need to match your physical activity to your own needs and abilities. For example, some people can swim a mile without thinking twice about it. For others, a slow walk to the corner and back is a big achievement. Exercise and physical activity are good for just about everybody, and there are many activities to choose from.

Go4Life, our online exercise and physical activity campaign, offers a sample workout, exercise videos, motivational e-cards, printable tip sheets, success stories, tracking tools, virtual coaches, and more. Go to https://go4life.nia.nih.gov