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6775 Daly Rd. in West Bloomfield and 1025 Webster Avenue in Birmingham.

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· Some are afraid that exercise will be too hard or that physical activity will harm them, but "taking it easy" is risky. For the most part, when older people lose their ability to do things on their own, it doesn't happen just because they've aged. It's usually because they're not active.

· Exercise is an effective treatment for many chronic conditions. For example, studies show that people with arthritis, heart disease, or diabetes benefit from regular exercise. Exercise also helps people with high blood pressure, balance problems, or difficulty walking.

· Exercise can improve or maintain some aspects of cognitive function, such as your ability to shift quickly between tasks, plan an activity, and ignore irrelevant information.

· Difference between physical activity and exercise. Physical activities are activities that get your body moving such as gardening, walking the dog and taking the stairs instead of the elevator. Exercise is a form of physical activity that is specifically planned, structured, and repetitive such as weight training, tai chi, or an aerobics class. Including both in your life will provide you with health benefits that can help you feel better and enjoy life more as you age.

· You are never too old to start exercising and my mother is an excellent example. Exercise can be a part of your life no matter what your age, and, in fact, becomes only increasingly important as you get older.

· So while it may seem like exercises to improve balance and strength are optional as you get older, they should really be viewed as a necessity -- like eating and sleeping -- as they can quite literally save your life. As you get older your muscle and bone mass decrease and the senses that guide your balance -- vision, touch, proprioception -- may all start to deteriorate, and this can make you unsteady on your feet. By taking the time to do balance, strength and other exercises on a regular basis you can keep your sense of balance strong, and even restore what's already been lost.

Michael Knight, Art of Strength

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