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Get Active

Get Moving

Increasing your activity level is the first step to enjoying a healthy, energetic lifestyle. Start by walking with friends, gardening, or participating in other activities you enjoy. Then add some easy strength-training exercises for even more oomph and benefits.

Why Should I Exercise?

Your doctor will tell you that, while exercise is important at any age, it is especially beneficial as we get older. Regular physical activity has been shown to help:

  • Control weight

  • Promote better sleep

  • Improve mood

  • Regulate blood sugar and blood pressure

  • Boost energy

  • Prevent heart disease and other conditions

What Kind of Exercise Is Best?

Most anything that gets you up and moving around is good for you. You don't have to join a gym or buy equipment to become active.

  • Walking or dancing. These activities offer many of the same health benefits as more strenuous exercise

  • Taking the stairs instead of using the elevator

  • Doing housework. Mopping, vacuuming, dusting, and gardening can be a workout

  • Forgoing modern appliances. Beat eggs by hand, get up to change the TV channel, rake leaves, use a push lawnmower, walk instead of drive, etc.

How Can I Get Motivated?

Try these tips to make exercise fun:

  • Pick an activity you enjoy

  • Start with just 5 to 10 minutes a day

  • Set a goal and track your daily progress; try to gradually increase your activity to 150 minutes of moderate activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity a week

  • Walk with friends or man's best friend, and consider joining a local walking club

  • Sign up for a yoga or water aerobics class

  • Try a new activity, like bowling, swimming, croquet, or hiking