Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the U.S. One of the top ways of preventing it and other cardiovascular diseases is exercise! Research shows that if you already have heart disease, appropriate exercise can improve your health.
One in four Americans over the age of 60 has diabetes. Obesity and physical inactivity can put you at risk for this disease. But a regular, appropriate physical activity routine is one of the best ways to prevent--and manage--type 1 and type 2 diabetes.
People who are physically active--even later in life--are less likely to develop memory problems or Alzheimer's disease, a condition that affects more than 40% of people over the age of 85.
Low back pain is often over-treated with surgery and drugs despite a wealth of scientific evidence demonstrating that physical therapy can be an effective alternative--and with much less risk than surgery and long-term use of prescription medications.
Research shows that improvements in strength and physical function are possible in your 60s, 70s, and even 80s and older with an appropriate exercise program. Progressive resistance training, in which muscles are exercised against resistance that gets more difficult as strength improves, has been shown to prevent frailty.
About one in three U.S. adults age 65 or older falls each year. More than half of adults over 65 report problems with movement, including walking 1/4 mile, stooping, and standing. Exercise can improve movement and balance and reduce your risk of falls. It can also reduce your risk of hip fractures (95% of which are caused by falls).
Osteoporosis or weak bones affects more than half of Americans over the age of 54. Exercises that keep you on your feet, like walking, jogging, or dancing, and exercise using resistance, such as weightlifting, can improve bone strength or reduce bone loss.
Each year 116 million Americans experience chronic pain from arthritis or other conditions, costing billions of dollars in medical treatment, lost work time, and lost wages. Proper exercise, mobility and pain management techniques can ease pain while moving and at rest, improving your overall quality of life.