Older Adults and Physical Activity - Sharing Knowledge and Experience from Worldwide

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Why is physical activity important for the older adult population?

Millions of older adults suffer from chronic illnesses such as heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, and high blood pressure that can be prevented or improved through regular physical activity. Regular physical activity has beneficial effects on most (if not all) organ systems, and consequently prevents a broad range of health problems and diseases. Beneficial effects due to phsyical activity that are supported by scientific evidence include:

• Lower overall mortality

• Lower risk of coronary heart disease

• Lower risk of diabetes

• Lower risk of developing high blood pressure

• Lower risk of obesity

• Improved mood and relief of depressive symptoms

• Improved quality of life and improved functioning

• Lower risk of falls and injury

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"It is well known that aerobic fitness is strongly related to survival, but our study also shows that maintaining high levels of body flexibility, muscle strength, power-to-body weight ratio and coordination are not only good for performing daily activities but have a favorable influence on life expectancy," Araujo said. http://www.philly.com/philly/health/HealthDay671527_20121213_How_We...

With a specific end goal to enhance cardiorespiratory and strong wellness, bone and useful wellbeing, lessen the danger of NCDs, sorrow and psychological decrease:

More established grown-ups ought to do no less than 150 minutes of direct power oxygen consuming physical movement consistently or do no less than 75 minutes of lively force high-impact physical action consistently or an identical blend of direct and vivacious power action.

Oxygen consuming movement ought to be performed in episodes of no less than 10 minutes term.

For extra medical advantages, more established grown-ups should build their direct force oxygen consuming physical action to 300 minutes for every week, or participate in 150 minutes of overwhelming power high-impact physical action every week, or a comparable mix of direct and enthusiastic power movement.

More established grown-ups, with poor versatility, ought to perform physical action to upgrade adjust and avert falls on at least 3 days for every week.

Muscle-fortifying exercises, including significant muscle gatherings, ought to be done on at least 2 days seven days.

At the point when more seasoned grown-ups can't do the prescribed measures of physical action because of wellbeing conditions, they ought to be as physically dynamic as their capacities and conditions permit.

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