Exercise: Benefits of Exercise

Frequently Asked Questions

4. How can increasing my muscle strength help me with everyday activities?

Strength exercises like lifting weights and using resistance bands can increase muscle strength. Lower-body strength exercises also will improve your balance. Increased muscle strength can maintain your ability to

  • climb stairs
  • carry groceries
  • open jars
  • carry a full laundry basket from the basement to the second floor
  • carry your smaller grandchildren
  • lift bags of mulch in the garden

To learn how exercise can help keep your bones strong, see "Exercise and Osteoporosis" from Go4LifeĀ®, the exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging.