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Should I start exercising if I'm an older adult?

F. Michael Gloth, III
Geriatric Medicine
There are many reasons to begin an exercise program as you get older. Improvements in cognition (memory), physical function, and longevity have all been linked to proper diet and exercise. Unintentional weight loss late in life can be a sign of poor health and impending illness, but intentional weight loss is associated with improved health and longevity. Overweight and obese women who have a sedentary lifestyle are more likely to have poor health at a younger age.
Fit at Fifty and Beyond: A Balanced Exercise and Nutrition Program (A DiaMedica Guide to Optimum Wellness)

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Fit at Fifty and Beyond: A Balanced Exercise and Nutrition Program (A DiaMedica Guide to Optimum Wellness)

As people reach their fifties, the body’s metabolism slows. Without a change in eating or exercise habits, it’s common to put on weight and become less able to perform routine physical...

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