Published on July 20, 2015

Top tips for moving more

Exercise has many health benefits—when you do it regularly.

couple joggingJohn Mikus, PT, DPT, Mercy LIFE Physical Therapist, recommends these three key tips to help make exercise a safe and lasting habit.

  1. Be sure you drink adequate amounts of fluids in order to stay hydrated. Current recommendations suggest daily fluid intake should equal 6 to 8 cups of water.*
  2. If you are 65 or older with no limiting health conditions, the latest research recommends 150 minutes of moderate intensity aerobic activity (such as brisk walking) each week.
  3. Add strength training (such as lifting weights or working with resistance bands) to your schedule two times a week.

*If you’ve been told to limit fluid intake for medical reasons, check with your doctor before increasing the amount you’re drinking. 

Sources: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; Illinois Council on Long Term Care