It’s a paradox. As we age, we become less active. But according to the American Heart Association and the American College of Sports Medicine with every increasing decade, exercise becomes more important in terms of quality of life and independence.
They say regular aerobics, strength training and balance and flexibility exercises can delay and may even prevent a life-limiting loss of physical abilities into our 90s and beyond.
The minimum recommendation is 30 minutes a day of aerobic activity five days a week. More is better. The plan also calls for strength training two or three days a week to reduce stress on joints, bones and soft tissues. Finally, stretching for ten minutes a day will improve flexibility and balance, and reduce the risk of falls.