Exercise and physical activity are good for just about everyone, including older adults. No Matter what your health and physical abilities, you can gain a lot by staying active. In fact, in most cases you have a lot more to lose by not being active.
Here are just a few of the benefits of exercise and physical activity:
Maintenance and improvement of physical strength and fitness.
Better ability to do the everyday things things you want to do.
Improvement of balance.
Disease management for diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis.
Reduction of feelings of depression; mood improvement.
Better ability to shift quickly between tasks, plan an activity, and ignore irrelevant information.
The key work in all these benefits is you - how fit and active you are now and how much effort you put into being active. To gain the most benefits enjoy all four types of exercise: endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility. Stay safe while you exercise and be sure to eat a healthy diet too!
See the PLFR Fire Fit newsletter for more ideas on how to stay fit, including recipes and motivational articles.
Read on for introductions to more public safety information on wellness and injury prevention on the PLFR website: