Physical Activity

Regular physical activity is key to healthy aging. Making exercise or other physical activity part of your everyday routine can help you avoid illness, stay independent and be able to live your best life.

We know how important it is for our members to have the resources and opportunities to make physical activity a regular part of their lives. Many SCAN plans include these benefits that can help you keep moving.

Fitness Resources and Videos

What Physical Activity Can Do for You

Regular physical activity benefits older adults in many ways. As little as 30 minutes of movement several days a week can help you:

  • Ease arthritis pain and symptoms
  • Manage chronic conditions by lowering the risk of heart disease and high blood pressure
  • Feel better and sleep better
  • Prevent or delay onset of serious conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease and dementia
  • Reduce the risk of a fall or a break. When you exercise regularly, your bones get stronger, you can move more freely and your balance is better—making it less likely you will fall or break a bone

Reduce your risk of falling with exercises like these:

Click here to learn more about preventing falls and maintaining your mobility and independence.

How to Get Moving…and Get More From It

How to make your workouts work for you

Get a “prescription for exercise.” Talk to your doctor about an exercise routine that works for you and your health goals. For most people, it’s recommended to aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity activity, such as walking, several days a week. Depending on your health and fitness, you may need to start slowly at first. Then add time and intensity as you feel more comfortable.

Make a plan to be physically active that fits into your life and that you can follow. Set a goal to be more active most days of the week.

Focus on the four. Get more all-around benefit from your exercise routine by combining a variety of activities that focus on these things:


1. Building your endurance

2. Improving your balance 

3. Making your muscles stronger

4. Helping your body be more flexible

Activity Examples

Walking around the neighborhood.

Riding a bicycle, doing chair stands

Lifting weights, vacuuming

Yoga, stretching

Find workouts that can work for your budget, too. Get Fit for Free for other ideas on how to get moving without spending a dime.

More Resources to Get You Moving

Where to Go Online to Learn More

National Institute on Aging. Provides tips, resources and tools for seniors and caregivers about nutrition, exercise, fall prevention and staying motivated. Includes printable tip sheets, exercise videos and goal tracker. Also in Spanish.

Office on Women’s Health. For information on physical activity for older women. Also available in Spanish.

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