As we age, it is important to take part in physical activity to stay healthy and independent. There are so many benefits of exercising, from protecting us from diseases to boosting our mood. The National Institutes of Health recommends these four types of exercise to maximize those benefits.
- Strength exercises – builds muscle, increases metabolism, helps keep weight and blood sugar in check
- Balance exercises – builds leg muscles to help prevent falls and the resulting fractures and disabilities due to falling
- Stretching exercises – gives more freedom of movement and allows us to be more active
- Endurance exercises – any activity, such as walking, jogging, swimming, or biking, that builds endurance by increasing the heart rate
It is important to consult with your healthcare team for the best exercise plan for you and your situation and get moving today!