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Physical Activity and Exercise for Older Adults

  • By: Wojtek Chodzko-Zajko, Andiara Schwingel & Chae-Hee Park
  • In: Encyclopedia of Lifestyle Medicine & Health
  • Edited by: James M. Rippe
  • Subject:Health Psychology / Behavioral Medicine, Public Health Education & Health Promotion, Health Psychology

A substantial body of evidence has accumulated regarding the benefits that accrue to older adults who participate in regular physical activity. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), regular physical activity provides substantial health-related benefits: It is cheap, safe, and readily available, and physical activity interventions have a major role to play in the prevention, treatment, and management of noncommunicable diseases and conditions associated with advancing age.

Benefits of Physical Activity

The WHO has concluded that regular physical activity is one of the most effective means whereby older adults can influence their own health and functional abilities and accordingly maintain a high quality of life in old age. As most people know, exercise has significant physical benefits. For example, even a single bout of physical activity, ...

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