How Much Exercise Do Seniors Need?

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Even though we all know that it’s important to get off the couch and engage in regular exercise, you might be wondering just how much physical activity is advised for seniors. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends that people who are 65 and older with no health conditions should be getting 150 minutes of aerobic activity a week. Namely, any activity that gets your heart pumping.

In addition, it’s suggested to engage in some sort of activity that helps to strengthen your muscles at least two days per week.

Fun Ways to Incorporate Exercise Into Your Day

The key to sticking to any workout routine is to find an exercise that you enjoy. Maybe group fitness classes help keep you motivated, or perhaps you prefer more low-impact exercise, like yoga, Pilates, walking, or swimming.

You can also get great exercise by doing things like gardening or collecting shells on the beach. Fitness doesn’t have to be traditional. Whatever your preference is, find something you don’t mind getting out of bed for in the morning, and get moving!

If you peruse our other articles on Council of Seniors 365, you’ll find tips for maintaining an active routine, plus, you’ll even learn about how exercise may slow down the aging process.

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