Physical activity after 65 Physical activity after 65

Physical activity after 65

Prevention 22 December, 2018 Ana María López de Mesa


A minimum of 150 minutes is how much physical activity adults over age 65 should get a week. With vigorous physical activity, the recommended amount is more than 75 minutes.

In order to stay healthy and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, the elderly should do aerobic exercise on a regular basis. One way of doing this is to take advantage of doing activities that involve housework or to plan outdoor activities such as going for walks or bike rides. The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends each aerobic activity last for at least a minimum of 10 minutes per session.

It is also very important to do muscle strengthening activities for large muscle groups two or more times a week, as one of the primary complications that come with age is the loss of muscle mass.

If the elderly person cannot engage in active exercise due to their state of health, they are encouraged to stay as active as possible. “Older adults, with poor mobility, should perform physical activity to enhance balance and prevent falls 3 or more days per week,” the WHO recommends.

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