I highly recommend tai chi, a low-intensity martial art practice, for those who are older. This exercise enhances one's core strength, balance, coordination, flexibility, postural stability, endurance, proprioception, and relaxation--in fact, better sleep is one superb benefit. Other benefits include a reduction in the risk of falls as well as decreased stiffness caused by arthritis.
Other recommended exercises include swimming and walking. Both are good low-impact physical activities that overall are beneficial physiologically (e.g., heart, arteries, muscles, bones, lungs, etc.). Research published in Neurology (2010) has found that walking up to 9 miles per day may increase gray matter within the brain, thus diminishing cognitive impairment. As a result, the risk of Alzheimer's disease can be reduced due to the sparing of brain tissue which normally degenerates during the aging process. Shopping malls now host organized walking programs (usually weekly) where anyone is invited to participate in walking. 150 minutes per week of walking is recommended by the Center for Disease Control. The benefits of walking in the mall:
Brian Danley, CFT
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