No matter how old you are physical activity is good for you! Staying active can help you improve your strength, have more energy, improve your balance, prevent or delay disease and put you in a good mood. To maintain an active lifestyle you don’t need a fancy gym membership or special work out clothes. Physical activity should just be a part of your daily routine. Choose activities that you like to do. Ride a bike, go for a walk, dance, swim or garden. In order not to lose interest in being physically active alternate activities. You may want to walk two times per week, swim 3 times per week, and work in your garden two times per week. Having a work out partner is also a great way to keep up the routine. In choosing physical activities you will want to try four types of exercise endurance, strength, balance and flexibility. Try to build up to at least 30 minutes of activity on most days that makes you breathe hard. By using your muscles you are building your strength. Work on your balance. See if you can stand on one foot and then the other. Yoga is a great way to work on balance. Stretch your body. See if you can touch your toes. Even though almost everyone can be physically active, make sure you check with your doctor if you have any health conditions and you have not been physically active. Remember to start slow, use safety equipment and stay hydrated. Make a commitment to move!