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Regular physical activity helps to:

  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Prevent or manage chronic health conditions
    (e.g., high blood pressure, diabetes and colon cancer)
  • Improve one's mood
  • Relieve arthritis pain
  • Improve brain function
  • Reduce the risk of falling

You don’t have to go to a fitness center or buy expensive equipment to be active. Housework and gardening help maintain strength. They require stretching, which keeps your body flexible. Walking is ideal for the heart, lungs, muscles and joints. Dancing and tai chi aid balance and help prevent falls. There are many ways to be physically active.

Choose activities you enjoy. And remember it's never too late to start. If you are starting new exercises and activity, discuss them with your health care provider. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers guidelines for physical activity

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Preventing falls

Research shows that being physically active is the single most important way to reduce your risk for falling. Find information about things you can do to prevent falls:

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