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10 Exercises For After 50

First Posted: 12/02/2011 2:44 pm Updated: 05/17/2012 1:17 pm

You're heard it before: Exercise is crucial as you cruise into middle age and beyond. It helps promote longevity and prevent disease, gives you more energy and can improve mood. The ideal is to get at least 30 minutes of moderate activity nearly every day. A recent study from Penn State University found that women aged 40 to 60 reported feeling more confident and energized after a half an hour of moderate exercise than those who had a strenuous workout. Many experts say the best way to exercise is to incorporate movement into your daily routine—gardening, walking up stairs, even working around the house.

We've compiled a list exercises that can help boost strength, endurance, flexibility and balance:

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Yoga offers a myriad of wellness benefits: flexibility, balance, centeredness, strength, mindfulness and others. Yoga is a great option for aging bodies, as it promotes working within your own comfort zone. Postures and sequences range from gentle and relaxing to more intensive for advanced yogis.

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