In our “Let’s Keep Moving!” series, we’re looking at different types of physical activities and how they can benefit our health. Today, we’re discussing endurance.
Endurance (or, aerobic) activities increase your breathing and heart rate. These activities help keep you healthy, improve your fitness and help you do the tasks you need to do every day.
Endurance exercises improve the health of your heart, lungs and circulatory system. According to the National Council on Aging, endurance exercises also can delay or prevent many diseases that are common in older adults such as diabetes, colon and breast cancers, heart disease and others.
Here are some physical activities that can help you build endurance:
- Brisk walking
- Yard work such as moving and raking
- Climbing stairs or hills
- Playing tennis or basketball
In our next post, we will look at how improving your strength can provide you daily benefits.