Fitness is not something that belongs only to the young – it’s everybody’s right no matter what their age. The body is born to move, and all systems function more efficiently when you can engage in at least 20-30 minutes of moderate activity several times a week. It’s never too late to start.


Select an activity you enjoy and will participate in on a regular basis. Cardio respiratory exercise, which is continuous, non-resistive movement, should be done at least three times a week for a minimum of 20-30 minutes per session. Some cardio respiratory exercise, such as walking, is fine to do every day.


Strengthening exercises are also highly beneficial. Aim for two or three 15- to 30-minute sessions per week.


Here are some examples of different types of exercise: 


  • Cardio respiratory exercises could be walking, swimming, cycling, rowing, stair104 climbing, jogging or dancing.
  • Recreational activities could be gardening, bowling, golfing, croquet, horseshoes, lawn bowling or horseback riding.
  • Strengthening exercises could be calisthenics, resistance/weight training and exercises utilizing elastic bands or tubing.


Some of the benefits of regular exercise are lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, maintenance of or Increase in lean muscle tissue, improved glucose tolerance and metabolism, controlled weight and reduced body fat, improved endurance for daily activities and enhanced quality of life.


Consult your physician before starting any exercise program. Be familiar with the exercise danger signs such as unusual fatigue, any pain or tightness from the jaw to the waist, loss of muscle control, nausea, dizziness, lightheadedness, blurred vision or severe breathlessness. Notify your doctor immediately if you experience any of the above symptoms.


To learn more about living a healthy lifestyle, contact Natalie Hilbert, Fitness Director at Cascades of the Sierra. The EverFit Club, located at Cascades of the Sierra, is available for monthly gym memberships. 



For more information call Natalie at (775)-424-5400 ext. 155 or email at