How much physical exercise is enough for seniors?
Every week, seniors 65 and older should do at least 2.5 hours of moderate cardiovascular exercise (brisk walking). On most days of the week, it equals around 30 minutes. Alternatively, you can obtain 1 hour and 15 minutes of intense activity every week (such as running). You should also practice weight training at least twice a week.
You can strengthen your flexibility and balance at any time of day. You should also add physical activity to your everyday routine. Using stairs instead of the elevator is one way to bring extra exercise into your day.
Here are some things you can do to add more exercise to your routine:
• Parking a bit further from your destination.
• Instead of driving, consider walking or bicycling.
• Take your dog for walks.
• Cleaning up the yard.
• Doing some light exercises while you watch TV.