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Exercise at Any Age
No matter what your age, it’s never too late to get moving. Whether you're 50 or close to 90, regular physical activity strengthens your muscles, improves agility and balance among other benefits, even if you haven’t been physically active for a while. Regardless of overall health, most people can participate in some form of enjoyable physical activity.
For people of all ages, the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans advise everyone to increase physical activity and reduce time spent in sedentary behaviors. Specifically, if you’re generally fit with no limiting health conditions, the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans advises older adults:
For substantial health benefits, do 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity every week or an equivalent mix of moderate and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity.
Ages 65 and over:
Follow the guidelines above, but if you can’t meet these adult guidelines, be as physically active as your abilities and health allow. If you’re at risk of falling, do exercises to maintain or improve your balance.
For more information on promoting good health as you age, consult a registered dietitian nutritionist in your area and visit our Healthy Aging page.
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Reviewed February 2013