Successful aging means different things to different people. For many seniors, staying physically fit as you age helps reduce the risk of having chronic disease or help manage it better. Also, maintaining strength and flexibility increases the likelihood of staying independent and self-sufficient.
To strengthen your muscles, you need to lift or push weight. Even very small changes in muscle strength can make a real difference in function, according to the National Institute on Aging at NIH. Stronger muscles can make it easier to do everyday things like get up from a chair, climb stairs, carry groceries, open jars, and even play with your grandchildren. Lower-body strength exercises also will improve your balance.
The NIH recommends you try all four types of exercise below: Click on each link for a description of benefits, examples of how to do the exercise and safety tips.
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