Exercise in Older Adults

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

There is a secret to feeling better and living longer. Its called staying active. Finding a program that works for you and sticking with it can pay big dividends. Dr. Edward Hill discusses exercise in older adults in todays 60 Second Housecall.

Dr. Hill:

All people who are able to exercise, regardless of age, should be active throughout the week.

Regular exercise can prevent or delay diabetes and heart trouble. It can also reduce arthritis pain, anxiety and depression. It can help older people stay independent.

There are four main types of exercise and seniors need some of each:

Endurance activitieslike walking, swimming or riding a bikewhich improve the health of the heart and circulatory system

Strengthening exercises, which build muscle tissue and reduce age-related muscle loss

Stretching exercises to keep the body limber and flexible

Balance exercises to reduce the chances of a fall

Do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity or 75 minutes of aerobic activity a week. Also, do muscle-strengthening activities at least two days a week.

Doing 150 minutes of activity a week may sound like a lot, but you can break it up throughout the week. You can do small amounts of activity several times a day, but try to be active for at least 10 minutes at a time.

For North Mississippi Medical Center, Im Dr. Edward Hill.