Physical activity improves health at any age. In the younger years, it can help prevent obesity and many types of diseases. It is good for mental health, strengthens bones and helps control chronic conditions such as high blood pressure.
In older ages, adding strength training to an exercise regimen can provide relief from arthritic pain, improve balance, strengthen bones, reduce glucose levels and reduce the risk of falling. But a large segment of Americans in every age group say they get no leisure-time physical activity. The number of people who exercise declines with age.
Here’s a percentage breakdown of those who get no leisure-time physical activity:
- Age 18-29: 19%
- Age 30-44: 22%
- Age 45-64: 25%
- Age 65-74: 28%
- Age 75 and older: 36%
— Shari RoanSource: The State of Aging and Health in America, 2007; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Merck Co. Foundation.
As these numbers are self reported, I am inclined to believe the percentages are actually much higher. What do you think?
5 mile run or 10K row