The benefits of exercise and being physically active are well known for people of all ages, but it becomes increasingly important as we age. Regular exercise and physical activity can help you to:
The truth is that almost anyone, regardless of age or health condition, can safely do some kind of exercise or physical activity. The trick is to start slowly, be conscious of any limitations, be creative and find some activities that are enjoyable. Studies continue to report on the benefits of just 10 minutes of activity at a time. Here are some suggestions if you have physical limitations:
In all cases, use common sense. Break exercises into simple, easy-to-follow steps. Wear comfortable clothes and suitable shoes. Don’t try to do too much at a time but do exercise regularly. Drink water before, during and after. And remember, any amount of exercise is better than none at all!
More information about exercise and physical activity for older adults is available at the National Institute on Aging’s website.
Jason A. Waddell is a Board Certified Florida Elder Law Attorney who practices on the Panhandle of Florida.