Tips to Increase Physical Activity for Older Adults
The evidence is clear. Adults who get regular physical activity rack up lots of health benefits. Being active can help:
- Boost your mood and improve your sleep
- Lower your risk of heart disease and some cancers
- Help keep diabetes and high blood pressure under control
Physical activity can make daily life better. When you’re active and strong, it’s easier to:
- Do everyday tasks, like chores and shopping
- Keep up with the grandkids
- Stay independent as you get older
Is it moderate or vigorous? Use the “talk test” to find out.
When you’re being active, just try talking:
- If you’re breathing hard but can still have a conversation easily, it’s a moderate-intensity activity
- If you can only say a few words before you have to take a breath, it’s a vigorous-intensity activity
Just getting started? No problem — start slow and do what you can. Even a 5-minute walk has real health benefits. Build up to more activity over time. Mix in stretches and activities to improve your balance, too! Keep your body flexible and help lower your risk of falls.