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Walking, other exercise helps seniors stay mobile, independent

October 13, 2020

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Howard E. LeWine, MD, Chief Medical Editor, Harvard Health Publishing

Howard LeWine, M.D., is a practicing internist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Chief Medical Editor at Harvard Health Publishing, and editor in chief of Harvard Men’s Health Watch. See Full Bio
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John Jr
June 23, 2014

Very good article. Thanks u editor for this nice article.
June 13, 2014

I just wanna say thank you for your article because this article was very useful and helped me to learn.

easy weight loss exercises at home
June 12, 2014

Yes all the concepts mentioned above are true. Physical activity of moderate intensity can help older people stay mobile and independent.Exercise consisting of aerobic and flexibility exercises significantly reduced the risk of a major mobility disability

June 5, 2014

Nordic Fitness Walking – Upon entering my 60’s (now 66) I realized that I would need to keep working for years to come. Having been an executive recruiter for a time, I knew that I needed to remain competitive, whether search for a another job or keeping the one I have. Three years ago I discovered Nordic Fitness Walking and thought this looks good – burning 20% to 40% MORE caloriees for the same time spent with regular walking. Befor long I was hooked – walking music app for my iPhone, GPS tracker to map my walks, 3 sets of Nordic Waling Poles and endless miles of AEROBIC walkking – my heart rate monitor easily indicates I achieve aerobic level which I can adjust by tweaking my effort. I now easily walk a sub-4 minute mile and walking a 5 mile course every other day. My endurance, balance, mental awarenes and spiritual well being have all been stenghtened and enhanced. This summer I passed the basic instructor course so I can now teach Nordic Fitness Walking. Next stop – Weight Watchers. Best of luck to all – keep your health and you will grow your life!

June 4, 2014

Walking is the best exercise for all and specially for old people. With help of this exercise they can live independent life they don’t need to be dependent on others at the end of age for daily routine.

June 3, 2014

Exercise is excellent, not only for health but to many skin problems and body.

June 2, 2014

Good work on this post, Howard. Good information and good news for seniors! It’s also good news for us soon-to-be seniors. I think stretching should also be a part of everyone’s exercise routine, no matter what their age is. Stretching is a safe way to prepare for exercise and it feels good, too. Thanks a lot.

May 31, 2014

Walking or structured exercise is an already proven factor for independent living. Yes it is true exercise is a good investment..Thanks for the report of LIFE and thank you Dr. Howard LeWine for placing this point again.

Alberto Valente
May 30, 2014

I am now 83 years old and:
1)At 58 I substitute my right ankle in Hospital da Benefi- cência Portuguesa in São Paulo/Brasil,and at 81 I substi- tute the same protesis again by a new one in Santa Maria
Hospital in Porto/Portugal. This second protesis in the same place is running quite good, that means I walk normally,no running, but drive my car carefully, and
2)I ask now: as you know I subscribed some Harvard Health Publishing and would like to know which of them would be more suitable for me to read ?
I thank you in advance Yours A.Valente

ashok gupta
May 30, 2014

excellent guide lines for leading healthy life for senior citizens and also for others.

Maureen Green
May 30, 2014

Great article. Thank you doctor and editors. I’m so glad I found this blog and subscribed.

Jean Marani, PhD
May 29, 2014

what happened to my comment? Dr Marani

Jean Marani, PhD
May 29, 2014

five years ago I began Tai Chi. This July I will be 90. I continue Tai Chi 5-6 days a week, each session is about an hour with 2/3rds of the time devoted to movement. I am in excellent health and able to do all daily activities and then some. TaiChi originated in China. While people of all ages participate, the moves and especially developed to help older people continue independence.

May 29, 2014

When the pain became intolerable and prevented any normal activity I had my second (other leg) total knee replacement. It is now 5 months down the road and I am still not able to perform normal household duties. Entirely different 2nd time around. What are exercises for post knee replacement?

James hood
May 29, 2014

it is great post. Some older people may have the impression that they have passed the age at which starting an exercise program will do them any good. According to the LIFE results, taking up exercise at any age offers benefits down the road.

May 29, 2014

Very nice blog! Can give idea to everyone that Exercise is good investment to our body

May 29, 2014

I am a water aerobics teacher, and have ALWAYS told my students that” old age cannot HIT a moving target”!

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