The ability to perform daily activities and maintain independence requires strong muscles, balance and endurance. Regular physical activity or exercise helps to prevent the decline of muscle strength and improve balance and endurance. Balance plays an important role in everyday activities such as getting up out of a chair, walking or leaning over to pick up a grandchild. Balance problems can reduce your independence by interfering with activities of daily living. However, by participating in regular physical activity you can significantly improve your balance and reduce your risk for falling!
The 1996 Surgeon General's Report on Physical Activity and Health recommends people of all ages should engage in at least 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on five or more days of the week. The 30 minutes can be consecutive or broken into several sessions throughout the day that add up to 30 minutes. Additionally, it is recommended that seniors participate in strength training activities 2 days per week.
Click here to view 11 basic exercises for Seniors who are currently at a low risk of falling provided by SeniorsAbilitiesUnlimited.com
Make sure you talk to your doctor BEFORE you begin exercising! Your doctor will make sure your body is ready to be active so you can exercise safely.
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