Physical Activity for Older Adults
For the first time in a decade, the U.S. government has updated its recommendations for regular physical activity. While the guidelines continue to suggest that adults get at least 150 to 300 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise weekly, there are new suggestions for adults age 65 years and older. The report now advises that the time older adults allot to exercise includes multi-component activities, encompassing balance training, aerobic exercise, and muscle strengthening (all of which factor into preventing falls). The report went on to point out that recreational activities such as dancing, yoga, tai chi, gardening, or sports often incorporate the multiple types of activities needed. Even walking stairs instead of taking the elevator or escalator contributes to weekly activity.
P.S. Brisk walking, swimming, and cycling are considered moderate-intensity activities.