According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, regular physical activity is one of the most important things older adults can do.
The CDC recommends people 65 or older – who are generally fit and have no limiting health conditions – need at least two hours and 30 minutes 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 people with no pre-existing 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 may also provide adequate physical activity for aging men and women.