Physical exercise

Physical exercise; we refer to physical exercise guided practice through verbal prompting or modeling. Some of its main goals are to increase muscle resistance, flexibility, balance and coordination.

Experts recommend that adults get 30-60 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on a regular basis.

The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and American Heart Association (AHA) recently published physical activity guidelines for healthy adults aged 50 to 65, as well as those over age 65 or with chronic conditions like arthritis. Read ACSM/AHA Guidelines

We can find several types of physical activity:

  • Aerobic or Cardiovascular Exercise : such activities might include walking, jogging, bicycling, climbing stairs, walking on a treadmill, dancing, swimming or jumping rope
  • Strength or Weight Training : strength training, such as weight lifting, helps make bones stronger, improves balance and increases muscle strength. All of this are thought to prevent osteoporosis and lowers the risk of hip fractures from falls. Strength training has also been shown to lessen arthritis pain. Activities like lifting weights, push-ups, or yoga.
  • Stretching or Flexibility: stretching helps to ease movement, improve flexibility and prevent injuries. Stretching also helps to get your body warmed up and ready for exercise.
  • Balance : balance exercises are particularly important for the elderly who are at risk for bone fractures.

How do we measure intensity when referring to physical activity?

Moderate-intensity physical activity refers to a level of effort in which a person should experience some increase in breathing or heart rate.


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