Author Affiliation: Group Health Center for Health Studies, Seattle, Washington.
In the last 35 years, there has been increased appreciation for the health value of habitual exercise and increased attention to the importance of improved physical fitness throughout the lifespan. Exercise appears beneficial for older adults particularly for maintaining function with aging and reducing risk and improving outcomes for common age-related chronic diseases.1 Past controversies over exercise and heart disease (especially risk of sudden cardiac death) have given way to a general consensus that exercise is an important lifestyle intervention.2
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