Health Beat: Staying in shape

Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Older people participate in an exercise class consisting of stretching and aerobic repetitive motion movements. In this particular view, the group members are stretching their torso muscles and working the muscles of their shoulders by raising their outstretched arms over their heads. (Amanda Mills ~ CDC)

If you're 65 years of age or older, are generally fit and have no limiting health conditions, you can follow these guidelines:

Older adults need at least:

Two and 1/2 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., brisk walking) every week, AND

muscle-strengthening activities on two or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms).

OR

One hour and 15 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity (i.e., jogging or running) every week, AND

muscle-strengthening activities on two or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms).

OR

An equivalent mix of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, AND

muscle-strengthening activities on two or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders and arms).

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