Exercise and the Elderly
As we get older, we tend to become less physically active. In fact, about 40 percent of people over age 55 report no physical activity. However, the older we become, the more we need to exercise. Exercise helps prevent bone loss, bone fractures, and many other diseases associated with aging. It also increases muscle strength, balance, and coordination. Inactive individuals lose muscle fiber at a rate of 3 to 5 percent every decade after the age of 30 -- that's about a 30 percent muscle fiber loss by the age of 60.
The American Heart Association has created the following guidelines for senior citizens who are interested in exercising.