Promoting physical exercise for the elderly has become an important part of proactively respond to population aging in the new era. Physical exercise can improve the physical and mental health and cognition of the elderly，increase their healthy life expectancy，and enrich the forms of social contact，thus alleviating the pressure of national medical services，stimulating the vitality of social participation of the elderly，promoting the self-endowment of the elderly，and easing the burden of institutional care and pension security for the elderly. Therefore，physical exercise for the elderly has become an effective help to improve the health support system and elderly care service system，and build a wider pattern of social participation of the elderly. However，physical exercise for the elderly still faces problems such as inadequate understanding of its strategic status， poor implementation of management and assessment，lack of sports guidance resources，insufficient organizational system， insufficient supply of facilities and the elderly’s lack of self-exercise consciousness. It is necessary to strengthen the strategic status of physical exercise for the elderly，promote the development of physical exercise guidance resources，improve the exercise organization system for the elderly，and enhance the construction of physical exercise infrastructure for the elderly， increase the publicity of physical exercise for the elderly，so as to proactively respond to the aging population by guiding the elderly to physical exercise.