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Exercise and the Aging Person

Exercise benefits persons of all ages:

There are numerous benefits of following a regular exercise program - even for individuals who are challenged by such conditions as joint pain, back pain, arthritis, or osteoporosis - or individuals who are recovering from an injury or surgery (i.e., joint replacement, arthroscopy). Exercise has also been shown to be beneficial to people of all ages, as it helps to lower blood pressure, lower the risks of falls and serious injuries (such as hip or wrist fractures), and slows the body's loss of muscle and bone mass. In addition, exercise helps to accomplish the following:

  • Increase flexibility
  • Tone muscles
  • Build stronger bones
  • Improve mobility and balance
  • Boost self-image
  • Relieve insomnia
  • Relieve tension and stress
  • Offset feelings of anxiety and depression
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Enhance cardiovascular fitness
  • Increase high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol levels (the "good" cholesterol)
  • Reduce the risk of chronic diseases (i.e., type 2 diabetes, certain types of cancer, such as breast cancer or colon cancer)
  • Provide fun and enjoyment
  • Provide for a longer, healthier life
  • Reduce joint and muscle pain
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Exercise and the aging person:

It is never too late to start an exercise program. With today's medical technology and scientific advances, the average life expectancy for men and women is increasing. Coupled with this is the fact that with longer lives, people are looking for a higher quality of living - with greater importance placed on independe