Regular physical activity strengthens bones and muscles, improves the ability to
carry out daily activities, and prevents falls
Healthy bones, healthy joints and strong muscles are essential to remaining physically
active and avoid losing the ability to do everyday activities such as climbing
stairs or grocery shopping. Physical inactivity contributes to the frailty experienced
by the elderly that leads to falls, injuries such as hip fracture, and inability to lead a
normal self-sufficient life. Research shows that doing aerobic, muscle-strengthening,
and bone-strengthening physical activity of at least a moderately-intense level
can slow the loss of bone density that comes with age. The recommended 150 to
300 minutes per week of at least moderate-intensity aerobic activity lowers the risk
of hip and other fractures. Muscle-strengthening activities help increase or maintain
muscle mass and strength.
Although it may be counter-intuitive, because it may seem that damaged joints
would only improve with rest, regular physical activity helps improve arthritis and
other conditions affecting the joints. Research shows that 130 to 150 minutes a
week of moderate-intensity, low-impact aerobic activity can improve pain management,
ability to carry out everyday tasks, and quality of life.
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