FOR ADULTS 65 AND OLDER f P h y s i c a
A single bout of moderate-to vigorous physical activity provides immediate benefits for your health.
Regular physical activity provides important health benefits for chronic disease prevention.
Reduces risks of developing dementia (including Alzheimer’s disease) and reduces risk of depression
Improves sleep quality Sleep
Lowers risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes Heart Health Cancer Prevention Lowers risk of eight cancers: bladder, breast, colon, endometrium, esophagus, kidney, lung, and stomach
Reduces feelings of anxiety Less Anxiety
Reduces blood pressure Blood Pressure
Reduces risk of weight gain Healthy Weight
Improves bone health Bone Strength Helps people live independently longer Independent Living
Emerging research suggests physical activity may also help boost immune function. Nieman, “The Compelling Link,” 201–217. Jones, “Exercise, Immunity, and Illness,” 317–344.
Reduces risks of falls Balance and Coordination
Source: Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans , 2nd edition
To learn more, visit: https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/adults/health-benefits-of-physical-activity.html
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Pima Council on Aging
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