Senior’s Best Medicine

Why Won’t Seniors Take the Best Medicine – Exercise?


Let’s say there was a drug that could prevent heart attacks, strokes and cancer and treat everything from fragile bones to constipation, while quite possibly staving off dementia and improving sleep. Would anyone over 65 refuse this miracle elixir? Apparently the answer is yes: Eight out of 10 seniors forgo all the benefits of exercise. That was true in 1997, true in 2006, and apparently true today. The National Institute on Aging recently reported that the physical-activity trend for older adults is a flat line.It’s never too late to get moving. The American College of Sports Medicine and the American Heart Association suggest that people over age 65 should do:• Aerobic exercise, at least 3 to 5 days a week, for a minimum of 20-30 minutes. Walking counts. 

• Strength training 2-3 times a week, which can include weight lifting. 

• Exercises to improve balance and flexibility. 

                                           USA Today, June 2008 





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