We all know that having an exercise routine is good for us, but as we grow older, the obstacles to being physically active increase. The changes our bodies go through as we age can make exercise seem daunting. We may have new health concerns, worry more about injuries, or be on a tighter budget than earlier in our lives. In reality, exercise gets even more important as we get older, and there is no better time than right now to start an exercise routine.

Why Exercise Matters

The evidence is overwhelming that physical activity and exercise are important for seniors. There is a strong positive association between exercise and improved health outcomes. Exercise helps seniors live longer and maintain their independence and quality of life. There is a growing body of evidence to suggest that physical activity benefits the mind as well. Studies have shown that moderate exercise reduces the risk of developing cognitive impairments like dementia.

The World Health Organization recommends that people aged 65 and older get at least 150 minutes per week of moderately intense aerobic activity. This averages out to 30 minutes, five days a week. Additionally, they recommend seniors perform balance exercises at least three days a w