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Exercise to Slow Aging & Disabilities

posted Feb 3, 2014, 7:05 AM by lhartkopf@rsu20.org
One way to slow aging and reduce disability at any age: Exercise at least three times a week. You’ll get a stronger body and a better brain.

Exercise improves the quality of your life in so many ways: It reduces the inflammation that’s associated with aging; boosts brain function, especially memory performance; and makes muscles healthier, no matter what your age. What you choose to do — biking, swimming, jogging, walking, Zumba — isn’t as important as how often you do it. Aim to exercise at least three times a week — at a level that is challenging without being exhausting — for a total of 150 minutes a week. If walking is your favorite form of exercise, strap on a pedometer and try for 10,000 steps a day. This level of activity will improve both physical health and cognitive function. As your fitness level increases, you can gradually make your activities more challenging. The more vigorous your activities, and the more time you spend doing them, the more benefits you’ll enjoy. Always check in with your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine. 

Daily DoseFor more info, go to Cleveland Clinic daily wellness tips