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Senior Times - February 2020
By: Glin Winsor, DayOne Family Healthcare
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Exercise and physical activity are both necessary to maintain a healthy body and positive mental outlook through all stages of life. You must continue to move to the best of your ability even as you age. There are untold benefits to physical activity, for example:
• Insufficient physical activity is one of the 10 leading risk factors for death in the world.
exercise, both, are body movements you perform that burn calories. If you have not been exercising for
a while or if this is your first time exercising, you can start from mild physical activities and then head towards mild to moderate exercises.
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 • Regular physical activity and exercise can help keep your heart strong. It lowers your risk for con- ditions like heart attack and stroke.
• Loss of stamina and energy as you age is in part caused by reduced physical activity.
Exercise can:
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• Physical activity does not need to be strenuous to achieve health ben- efits.
Mental health benefits of exercising:
• Improves sleep – It can help you
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• Regular physical activity and exer- cise can help you build muscle strength and keep you energetic all day.
• Help you maintain and lose weight.
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• Every minute you walk extends your life by one-half to two min- utes!
• It can improve your metabolism, which can help you stay fit.
• Walking is probably one of the most convenient ways you can incorporate exercise in your daily routine – all you need is a good pair of sneakers and you can take a walk outside at a park or indoors on a treadmill.
balance, and flexibility.
• Reduce risk and impact of many
• Health benefits can be achieved by activities as simple as stretching or carrying grocery bags.
• Improves mood – Endorphins
• Reduce fall risks and improve gait. • It can improve you strength,
medical conditions.
• It can help manage and prevent
 diseases such as diabetes, heart attacks, osteoporosis, etc.
  fall asleep quickly and sleep
released during exercising can reduce feelings of sadness and depression.
• Improves brain function – It can reduce risk for depression, pre- vent memory loss, reduce risk for dementia, and slow progression of Alzheimer’s disease.
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  Think of physical activity as an umbrella term and exercise as a TYPE of physical activity.
Physical activity is ANY activi- ty that gets your body moving – it could be activities such as garden- ing, walking the dog, raking leaves, etc. This is different from exercise because exercise is something that is planned and structured such as brisk walking, jogging, lifting weights, tai chi, etc. Physical activity and
sure to speak with your doctor before starting to exercise. Ask if there are any specific activities you should avoid.
Before starting any type of physical activity:
1. Physician Consent – Always be
 2. Start Slow – If you have not exercised in a while, start with gentle routines. Do 10-minute increments 2-3 times a day. Do warm-up and cool-down stretches.
 3. Follow a Schedule – Schedule work out sessions on a daily basis. Make exercising a habit; this will help you stay on track.
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