Exercise is important at any age, but it’s especially important as we get older. Working out on a regular basis will help maintain heart health, endurance, balance and coordination, as well as strength and conditioning. All of this contributes to a more active and healthy lifestyle.
Cardiovascular and aerobic exercise (also known as cardio), works to strengthen the entire body. This type of exercise gets us to use the large muscles in our arms, legs, core, and gets our heart rate up. At the same time, the heart, lungs, all muscles, and the bones are working hard and gaining strength which is why the entire body will benefit from this type of exercise.
We all know heart health is super important and getting in weekly cardio routines will improve heart health, while also keeping the body flexible and nimble which should improve balance and coordination. According to Meredith, having great cardiovascular health is essential to living an active lifestyle at any age.
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How Much Cardio do Seniors Need?
The Physical Activity Guidelines issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommend at least 150-minutes per week of moderate-intensity physical activity—think of it as 30-minutes a day, five days a week—for all adults, even the elderly and disabled.
If that seems like a lot, don’t worry! That 30-minutes can be split into any combination. For example, you might want to do 10-minutes at a time, three times a day. It’s whatever works for your schedule. It can be that easy!