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Exercise Benefits for Older People

The holidays are approaching and sometimes our busy schedules mean that exercise takes a back seat. But working out is one of the best gifts we can give ourselves and those we love.
The holidays are approaching and sometimes our busy schedules mean that exercise takes a back seat.  But working out is one of the best gifts we can give ourselves and those we love. 
 
If you want to live longer, stay leaner, boost your mood, and keep your mind young, grab your tennis shoes and get moving.

Try this weekly exercise prescription from the Cleveland Clinic. 

Get 30 minutes of resistance training a week. 

"General physical activity, 10,000 steps a day 20 minutes 3 times a week of cardio," recommends Dr. Michael Roizen of Cleveland Clinic.

And make that cardio strenuous enough to break a sweat for the whole 20 minutes. It's worth the effort because exercise also decreases the risk for many serious medical conditions:

"Decreases heart attacks, decreases arythmias, decreases cancer all throughout your body.  Almost every cancer is decreased because what exercise does is improve immune function," Dr. Roizen says.

And working out not only builds muscles but builds brain. Exercise helps prevent the loss of brain volume as we age. And it helps keep our brain circuits young and our thinking sharp.

And being physically active can enrich our golden years. 

"Not only do you live longer, but you compress the period of disability so you live healthier, longer."

And experts add, you're never too old to start exercising.


(Holly Firfer for CNN's Health Minute)


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