It's a proven fact that a healthy body can help keep a healthy brain -- no matter what your age.

There are four main exercise modes, each playing a different role in keeping you fit.

1.     Endurance or aerobic exercises like brisk walking, jogging, dancing, swimming and cycling. These increase your breathing and heart rate. Start slowly and build gradually, exercising at least 3 times a week.

2.     Muscle strengthening exercises like lifting weights or using a resistance band. Start with light weights or minimal resistance. If you can't lift or push a weight 8 times it's too heavy. Alternatively, use wrist or arm curls, side arm raises, and leg straightening.

3.     Balance exercises that will help prevent falls. For example: Standing on one foot, walking heel to toe, back leg raises and side leg raises. Make sure you have something sturdy to grip close by in case you lose balance.

4.     Flexibility exercises that help you stay limber. These involve stretching - slowly and as far as possible without pain.

Note: This list comes from the National Institutes of Health and is for information only. You should always seek medical advice before embarking on any exercise program.

This is part of the Park Family Insurance ongoing education series for Roseville Home Insurance and Rocklin Home Insurance, prevention is key!