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Benefits of physical activity in older adults

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In this infographic you can see, in a very simple way, the great benefits of physical activity in older adults. It was created as part of the TREK project.

These benefits can be divided into 4 groups:

  • Chronic diseases prevention and risk reduction in: Falls, all causes of mortality, diabetes, coronary heart disease, hip fractures and high blood pressure, among others.
  • Functional status outcomes: better muscle strength, cognitive function, physical condition, bone density, activities of daily life.
  • Psychological and well-being : Stress, anxiety and depression reduction; sleep, satisfaction and self-esteem improvement.
  • Social benefits: Social life, social support, community participation and participation in intergenerational activity.
Benefits of exercise in the elderly


The Gerontologist, Volume 56, Issue Suppl_2, 1 April 2016, Pages S268–S280,https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/gnw031

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Jorge Rodriguez

Physiotherapist, Member of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), MSc Health Care Technology (cum laude) at Tallinn University of Technology, Exercise Prescription Expert and Social Media Expert. Founder and editor at lafisioterapia.net. Passionate about dissemination in Physiotherapy and health promotion, with special interest in digital tools as a way to improve quality of life.