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Description:The woman pictured here was spending some time outdoors on a bright sunny Georgia day working in her yard. At this point in her activity, she was gathering leaves on her lawn by using a plastic flexible-pronged leaf rake. She had applied sunscreen to the sun-exposed skin of her face, and chose to wear a long-sleeved shirt and denim pants, all of which would help to protect her from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. She was also wearing a pair of glasses, and a head scarf to protect her eyes and scalp respectively. Hopefully, she'd packed, or had easy-access to some water in order to avoid the possibility of dehydration.
As an older adult, regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It can prevent many of the health problems that seem to come with age. It also helps your muscles grow stronger so you can keep doing your day-to-day activities without becoming dependent on others.

Not doing any physical activity can be bad for you, no matter your age or health condition. Keep in mind, some physical activity is better than none at all. Your health benefits will also increase with the more physical activity that you do.

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Content Providers(s):CDC/ Amanda Mills
Creation Date:2011
Photo Credit:Amanda Mills
Links:CDC - National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion; Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity; Physical Activity for Everyone: How much physical activity do older adults need?
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