Heart Health for Older Adults: consider these fitness options

Heart Health for Older Adults: consider these fitness options



February is American Heart Month, a time for people to focus on their cardiovascular health.

It’s particularly important for older adults, who are at the highest risk for heart disease. It’s the number one cause of death in older adults, and according to the American Heart Association (AHA), over 75% of Americans over the age of 60 have a form of cardiovascular disease, which can include heart failure, heart attacks, arrythmia, congenital heart disease, coronary artery disease and much more.

However, there are a variety of ways older adults can combat the risks of heart disease, starting with fitness.

Walking is a great place to start, as studies show that older adults who take 4,500 steps per day are 77% less likely to experience a cardiovascular event than people who take fewer than 2,000 steps per day.

Other fitness options for heart health can include:

  • Seated exercises, like marching in place
  • Working out with light weights, (for instance, start with 3-pound dumbbells)
  • Swimming or water aerobics; which also reduce the pounding on joints and muscles.
  • Walking/hiking/jogging
  • Tennis/pickleball
  • Yoga/pilates
  • Bike riding


Heart Health at Prestige Senior Living Beaverton Hills. To learn more about heart health for older adults, Prestige Senior Living Beaverton Hills has a free guide available for download at


It examines the positive impacts that fitness, nutrition, sleep and mental health can have on the heart, ways the heart changes with age, and a heart health checklist.


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