Healthy Exercise at Any Age or Level
- Posted on: Aug 20 2012
Think healthy exercise is just for athletes in their 20s and 30s? Think again!
One of the most common misconceptions among older patients is that they’re “too old for exercise,” or “too out of shape.” And, while society may be delivering the message that senior life is all about resting and “saving your energy,” reality couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s important to understand that appropriate exercise can offer a host of benefits at any age and at any experience level– even into our 60s, 70s and 80s! It begins with making a commitment to being healthier today than you were yesterday.
Need proof? According NIH SeniorHealth, “Studies have shown that … older adults can gain a lot by staying physically active. Even moderate exercise and physical activity can improve the health of people who are frail or who have diseases that accompany aging.” What’s more, exercise can make you feel younger, reduce your chances of falling and very often, it can allow you to do the things you enjoy longer.
Of course, an exercise regimen that’s right for a 30 year old runner wouldn’t be appropriate for someone in their 70s or a person who’s just starting out. There are special considerations that “beginner athletes” need to know about.
Here are 5 Exercise Tips to Keep in Mind:
- Keep things gentle. Older athletes and beginner athletes need to make sure they’re keeping their workouts gentle. Instead of high-intensity cardio, stay in the direction of water aerobics, walking or light hand weights.
- Always warm up and cool down. A good warm up and cool down is a vital part of your workout. Not only does warming up get you ready for physical activity, but it greatly reduces your chances of a training injury. Your cool down is just as important, reducing muscle tension and allowing you to recover from the demands of physical activity.
- Stay hydrated. Even if you’re not feeling thirsty, make sure you’re drinking enough fluids. Water is your best bet here.
- Listen to your body. If you’re feeling any pain or discomfort, stop what you’re doing. Ignoring these red flags is a surefire way to hurt yourself.
- Consult a qualified medical professional. Always consult with a qualified medical professional before beginning a new exercise regimen. They can tell you exactly what types of exercises are right for you!
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