Physical Activity


Promoting proven programs that keep seniors moving

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Regular exercise can help older adults stay independent and prevent many health problems that come with age. NCOA helps community organizations offer fun and proven programs that keep seniors moving.

The CDC 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans recommends two types of physical activity each week to improve health—aerobic and muscle-strengthening.

Experts recommend that older adults engage in:

  • Moderate exercise for at least 30 minutes five days a week.
  • Muscle-strengthening activities for two or more days a week that work all major muscle groups.

Statistics show that less than one-third of Americans aged 65+ meet this recommendation. However, there are many proven programs that can help keep seniors active.

How NCOA Helps

NCOA’s Center for Healthy Aging connects community organizations to proven programs that empower older adults to engage in regular exercise.

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