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Five Ways Older Adults Can Be More Physically Active

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As you get older, your risk for type 2 diabetes increases. You're also at higher risk if you have a family history of diabetes. But you're never too old to lower your diabetes risk. Studies have shown that modest weight loss through healthy eating and increased physical activity is highly effective in preventing or delaying type 2 diabetes in people over age 60.

Getting Started: How to Get Moving

Physical activity can improve your strength, flexibility, and balance. Start by setting small, specific goals for yourself, like: "I will walk for 10 minutes, three days this week." Add a little more activity each day until you reach at least 30 minutes a day, five days a week.

Ask your health care provider which activities are safe for you. Before any physical activity, be sure to warm up for a few minutes to get your body ready. Try shrugging your shoulders, taping your toes, swinging your arms, or just move in place.

Five Ways to Be More Physically Active

There are many types of physical activity you can do at little or no cost, such as walking or doing chair exercises. Find an activity you can enjoy. This will make it easier to stick to your schedule and reach your goals. Try these simple suggestions:

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