The health benefits of exercise for elders are many and well known. An abundance of studies confirms that regular exercise helps to:
The World Health Organization (2011)* recommends adults 65 and older should do at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week or do at least 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity aerobic physical activity throughout the week or an equivalent combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity activity.
*Similar conclusions and recommendations come from many sources, including: The American Academy of Family Physicians, The American Medical Association, The National Institute on Aging, The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, The American College of Sports Medicine, The Mayo Clinic, and The Cleveland Clinic.
target the therapeutic exercises most important for the ability of elders to stay actively engaged daily: