According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), regular physical activity is one of the most important things older adults can do to promote their long-term health.
The CDC recommends that men and women age 65 or older who are generally fit and have no limiting health conditions need at least 2 1/2 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity, such as brisk walking, each week.
In addition, such people should perform strength-training activities that work all major muscle groups at least two days per week.
While many fit older men and women with no preexisting health conditions are capable of these activities, those able to push themselves a little further can opt for 75 minutes per week of vigorous-intensity aerobic activity, such as jogging or running, combined with the same strength-training regimen.
A combination of moderate- and vigorous-intensity aerobic activity coupled with strength training will provide adequate physical activity for aging men and women.
Before beginning a new exercise regimen, men and women should consult with their physicians to discuss any limitations they may have and how to manage those risks while still being physically active.