GUEST COLUMN: Staying In Tip Top Condition: Promoting The Uptake And Maintenance Of Physical Activity In Older Adults - SUSAN W. MUIR

Physiological changes associated with the normal aging process produce a decrease in function even in the absence of disease.  The body’s adaptive capacity to exercise and increased physical activity  is fairly well preserved through at least the seventh decade.1  Strategies to maintain physical activity in the already active older adult and to initiate activities in those who are sedentary have been well established to modify and reduce age related changes to body systems.1  The benefits of regular physical activity in the older adult include improved quality of life, increased muscle mass, decreased body fat, increased bone mineral density at weight bearing sites, decreased coronary risk profile and slower development of disability.1  

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