Regular exercise and physical activity are important to the physical and mental health of almost everyone. Being physically action can help you continue to do the things you enjoy and stay independent as you age.
Regular physical activity over long periods of time can produce long-term health benefits. In addition, it can reduce the risk of developing some diseases and disabilities that develop as people grow older. In some cases, exercise is an effective treatment for many chronic conditions. Exercise also helps people with high blood pressure, balance problems, or difficulty walking.
One of the great things about physical activity is that there are so many ways to be active. Many physical activities – such as brisk walking, raking leaves or taking the stairs whenever you can – are free or low cost and do not require special equipment.