No matter what your age, it’s never too late to start being physically active—or to get back into being active. Being active is one of the best things you can do to maintain or improve your health. Activity helps you to stay strong physically, helps prevent falls and helps you maintain your independence for as long as possible. Promotes mental and cognitive health. Physical activity can help reduce feelings of depression and anxiety. Exercise triggers the release of “feel-good” brain chemicals, which can lift your spirits and ease depression. You may also find that being active optimizes your cognitive function-helps keep your mind sharp. Keeps bones strong. After menopause, women can lose 1 to 2% of their bone mass every year. The good news is that doing strength-training exercises can increase bone density and reduce an older woman’s risk for bone fractures.