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Exercise and age

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Age and exercise



When is it too late to gain the benefits of an exercise program?


It's never too late. Exercise at any age has benefits, from reducing the risk of heart problems (including acute MI) to preventing osteoporosis, the thinning and loss of density of the bones.

Always consult your health care provider before beginning an exercise program.


Buchner DM. Physical activity. In: Goldman L, Ausiello D, eds. Cecil Medicine. 23rd ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2007:chap 14.

Review Date: 1/18/2007
Reviewed By: David C. Dugdale, III, MD, Professor of Medicine, Division of General Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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