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An early start increases the quality of life in old age

By Vaseline May31,2024

Exercise and physical activity improve health and prolong quality of life, including in the areas of cardiovascular disease, incident hypertension, cancer, type 2 diabetes, mental health (reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression), cognitive health and sleep.

Physical activity also helps prevent falls and fall-related injuries, as well as prevent declines in bone health and functional ability.

There are four main types of useful exercises:

  • Cardiovascular

  • Building strength

  • Flexibility of activities

  • Balancing activities.

According to the WHO, older adults should engage in at least 150-300 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity during the week, or at least 75-150 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity, or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity activity.

Older adults should also do muscle-strengthening activities of moderate or greater intensity that involve all major muscle groups two or more days per week as these provide additional health benefits.

Details of the WHO recommendations are here.

Related reading: University of Sydney, WHO, Health Direct

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