The World Health Organization’s (WHO) position statement entitled: “Guidelines for the Promotion of Physical Activity for Older Persons” states that most elderly people can find a physically active lifestyle beneficial and that simply being active trumps the actual type of physical activity they may engage in.
“There are many different kinds of physical activity which are beneficial for older persons,” states Dr. Wojtek J. Chodzko-Zajko, Professor of Exercise Science at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. “We know that traditional forms of cardiovascular exercise are very beneficial. Strength training is beneficial, flexibility exercises are helpful, but also physical activity as part of everyday living is useful in the prevention of diseases that are associated with inactivity and sedentary lifestyles.”
Developing a balanced fitness regimen custom-tailored to the individual, incorporating cardiovascular exercise, strength training, and flexibility activities and accounting for any injuries, ailments, or other risk factors, is a first step to better health and longevity.