Health Tip: Bones, Muscles and Aging

Exercise can help prevent age-related decline

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(HealthDay News) -- Getting older means changes throughout your body, and the bones and muscles are no exception. So get them into shape, and help ward off certain effects of aging.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers this advice:

  • Do lots of stretches. Stretching will help your muscles stay flexible.
  • Try some lightweight training to build up and strengthen your muscles.
  • Over time, getting regular exercise can help you retain muscle mass and help prevent weight gain.
  • Even occasional exercise can benefit blood pressure, heart health, and some studies indicate it might reduce your risk of cancer.
  • Getting just 30 minutes of exercise can boost your overall health. Try fun activities such as dancing and swimming.

If you haven't exercised before, talk to your doctor before you start.

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