Exercise for older people will be key to improving their health and preventing heart disease, according to the Royal College of Physicians.
Exercise for people aged 65-75 will also improve the quality of their lives.
Exercise for older adults can also reduce the risk of osteoarthritis (OA), according to a new report by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Osteoarthrosis.
Experts are recommending exercise for people over 75, but it is not clear how many will benefit from it.
The Royal College said exercise for older individuals will have benefits including lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and improved muscle strength.
“Exercise can be beneficial in preventing cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke, but there are also some benefits to it for older women and men, and those with osteo-arthritis,” Professor John Kiefer said.
He said exercise could also be beneficial for people with diabetes and certain other conditions.
Professor Kiefers research into exercise in older adults, which will be published in the BMJ journal Osteoporosis International, was funded by the Wellcome Trust.
People who do not exercise frequently may be more likely to develop diabetes, heart disease or arthritis.
Exercise is also linked to weight loss, a lower risk of diabetes, and lower blood pressures.
In Australia, exercise is now compulsory for older Australians and a number of older people have taken part in the exercise program for heart disease prevention.
This program will be expanded to include women and those over 65.
More to come