AHRQ | Physical Activity and Older Americans.

Although growing older means to many people that life will get worse, there is good news when it comes to physical activity and aging. First, it is never too late to become physically active. Second, even a small amount of activity can result in better health. Third, research has shown key strategies for helping older Americans to become more active.

This report describes the importance of physical activity, the prevalence and costs of inactivity, and the health benefits of regular activity; it also recommends levels of physical activity in older adults.