12 Aug 2019

I get tired easily. What is the best physical activity for me?

Once you become active, you’re likely to have more energy than before. As you do more, you also may notice that you can do your daily tasks more easily, faster, and for longer than before. Regular, moderate physical activity can help reduce fatigue and even help you manage stress. Start slow and build up over time.

I’m over 80 years old. Should I be exercising, and will it make a difference at my age?

Yes, staying active is important throughout life. Regular exercise and physical activity help you stay strong and fit enough to keep doing the things you enjoy. No matter what your age, you can find activities that meet your fitness level and needs. Exercise becomes more important, the older you become.

Do I need to do other exercises in addition to my usual walking routine?

Walking is better than sitting on the couch. You need all three types of exercise for optimal health — fitness, strength, and flexibility. Doing one kind also can improve your ability to do the others. Also, variety helps reduce boredom and risk of injury.

Isn’t it better for adults to “take it easy” and save their strength?

Regular physical activity is very important to the health and abilities of all people. Studies show that “taking it easy” is risky. For the most part, when anyone loses their ability to do things on their own, it doesn’t just happen because they’ve aged, it’s usually because they’ve become inactive. According to the U.S. Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health, inactive people are nearly twice as likely to develop heart disease as those who are more active. Lack of exercise can lead to more visits to the doctor, more hospitalizations, and more use of medicines for a variety of illnesses.

How much physical activity do I need?

The goal is to achieve at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity fitness activity on most or all days of the week. Every day is best, but doing anything is better than doing nothing at all. Try to do all three types of exercises — fitness, flexibility, and strength as they all benefit your quality of life in different ways. Even if you had exercised once a week more than you have over the past 3 months, would you be in better health than you are right now? Of course, you would

How long do I need to be active before I see results?

Once you start being physically active, you’ll begin to see results in just a few weeks. You may feel stronger and more energetic than before. You may notice that you can do things more easily, faster, or for longer than before. As you become fitter, you may need to make your activities more challenging to see additional results.

I find it hard to make myself active. What can I do?

You’re more likely to keep going if you choose activities with support, if you can fit them into your schedule if you believe you’ll benefit from them, and if you feel you can do them safely and correctly. Agreeing with a friend, family member or health club may also help you keep your commitment. Setting small, realistic goals, checking your progress, and rewarding yourself when you reach your goal can help. If you can stick with an exercise routine or physical activity for at least 3 months, it’s a good sign that you’re on your way to making physical activity a regular habit.

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