Aging causes an automatic loss of strength and stamina. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), some of that loss is actually caused by reduced physical activity. About 30% of men and almost half of women over the age of 75 do not exercise at all. Yet exercise does so much for a senior's body, mind and spirit!
Physical activity isn't just weights and treadmills. For older adults, exercise includes walking, dancing, gardening, games, sports, even playing with the grandchildren. The World Health Organization suggests seniors aim for 150 minutes of moderate intensity activity throughout the week, in bouts of at least 10 minutes. And the benefits? Here are just a few.