by KYW’s medical editor Dr. Brian McDonough

Over the past ten years there have been several major studies which recommend regular exercise for the elderly but many people refuse to take the advice.

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One of the biggest reasons is fear of injury.

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Fear of falling is a reason some older adults don’t work out or get any physical activity. But the truth of the matter is that people who exercise regularly develop better balance skills. Whether young or old one of the key things people need is motivation. Even the elderly need to have a goal — whether it’s to learn a new skill, beat a neighbor in an event or just surpass their own best record.

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Staying active can reduce the risks for heart disease and help maintain a healthy weight. It can also help offset memory loss.