Benefits of elderly hitting the gym

Benefits of elderly hitting the gym

As we get older, hitting the gym can be easier said than done.

When Peggy Kirmeyer wanted to get more exercise, she was after something low impact.

"I'm getting close to 70 and the body is not quite what it was 35 years ago,” Peggy said.

She and her friends started regular yoga lessons.

"We started doing yoga because we felt, I felt, I needed some strength and balance,” she said.

Tai Chi is also proven to help strength and balance - and that's important to prevent falls.

The CDC says millions of people fall each year, causing serious injuries or even death.

Dr. Elizabeth Phelan said, "Even in late life, people can benefit greatly from actually starting. It's never too late to start a balance program for example."

In addition to strength and balance, the National Institute on Aging recommends people focus on flexibility and endurance.

Regular exercise could get people off their medications.

Dr. Phelan said, "For people who are experiencing chronic conditions like high blood pressure, for example, diabetes. Exercise is critical for helping control those conditions."

Walking might be one of the easiest ways to get that exercise, but there are plenty of other options.

Experts say, simply find a form of exercise you like, so you'll stick with it.

A stronger heart, healthier lungs, weight control and better emotional health - could be the bonuses of doing something you enjoy.

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