Narrator: This is Science Today. How well we age greatly depends on how well we live. Gerontology expert Anita Stewart of the University of California, San Francisco says regular exercise is key to staying robust later in life. But whatís the best way for seniors to stay fit?
Stewart: Walking. Walking is the best form of exercising for older people because everybody can do it, they can adjust their pace according to their capacity. Itís available, itís cheap.
Narrator: But Stewart cautions the elderly should first learn to work around any particular health problems or impairments and not overdo it..
Stewart: What I think is important is to teach them these safety principals and the processes of increasing your activity to meet your goals. Then, they can do it on their own and they understand the underlying principals, so somebody doesnít have to tell them what to do every step of the way.
Narrator: Stewart says such regular exercise will also dispel the myth that aging is all about decline. For Science Today, Iím Larissa Branin.