.What Can Physical Activity Do for You?

What Can Physical Activity Do for You?

Your muscles need to work what ever your age. For younger bodies, aerobic activity, such as jogging or tennis may be enough to maintain weight and body strength. As you get older, however, the emphasis shifts from building up the foundation to protecting what you have. Although aerobic activities are important for strengthening the heart and lungs, helping to prevent obesity and lowering your risk of many diseases, middle aged and older people also need exercise designed to preserve and enhance strength.

Without exercise muscle power fades with age. In fact, strength begins to decline in your 30s. Between age 50 and 70, strength can decline by 15 percent each decade and plunge even more. That is where the stereotyping comes from of weakness in old age. That is why strength training to reverse those losses should become part of your routine from midlife on.

Here are some benefits that you can get from active living:

  • Be healthier
  • Increase your chances of living longer
  • Feel better about yourself
  • Have less chance of becoming depressed
  • Sleep better at night
  • Help you to look good
  • Be in shape
  • Get around better
  • Have stronger muscles and bones
  • Help you stay or to get to a healthy weight
  • Be with friends or meet new people
  • Enjoy yourself and have fun.

Check out the “Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans at www.hhs.gov

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