Get Older, Stay Active (Heart Health)
Although we tend to become less active with age, physical activity is still important. In fact, regular physical activity in older persons increases their capacity to do everyday activities. In general, middle-aged and older people benefit from regular physical activity just as young people do. What is important, at any age, is tailoring the activity program to your own fitness level.
Low-intensity activities â€” if performed daily â€” can have some long-term health benefits and can lower your risk of heart disease. And many activities require little or no equipment. For example, brisk walking only requires a comfortable pair of walking shoes. Many communities offer free or inexpensive recreation facilities and physical activity classes.
Check your local shopping malls. Many of them are open early and late for people who do not wish to walk alone, in the dark, or in bad weather.