Top 5 Exercise Tips for Senior Citizens

Regular exercise and activity can benefit a person of any age. In fact, more and more adults are remaining physically active well into their 60s, 70s, and 80s. While older adults may not be able to do all the same types of exercises they did when they were younger, many older adults today still enjoy exercises such as running, swimming, bicycle riding, and playing tennis or golf.

In addition to keeping your body healthy, exercise can also improve your long-term mental health. Before you begin any exercise routine, though, it is important to keep things several things in mind.

Top 5 Exercise Tips for Senior Citizens

  • Consult your doctor. Your doctor is a great source of knowledge, since they know your complete medical history and can tell you what type of exercise is right for you.
  • Pick exercises that you enjoy doing. Regardless of age, exercise is something we all try to avoid if we can. Exercise works best when you choose something you enjoy, since you will be far more motivated to go out and do it!
  • Drink plenty of fluids. Even during colder months, it is important to keep your body hydrated. During exercise, your body loses essential electrolytes which can be replenished by water or a sports drink.
  • Start slow. Older athletes who are just starting an exercise routine should not start off doing anything too strenuous. Instead, take it easy with lower-impact exercises such as walking or swimming, and lift light hand weights to build up strength. This will keep you from losing steam during an exercise routine. It is also very important to warm-up and cool down before and after exercise.
  • Listen to your body. This is a common mistake athletes of any age make. If you do not listen to your body, you risk injury. Whenever you feel any pain or discomfort during exercise, give your body a break and stop what you’re doing.

Do You Have Questions about Exercise? Contact Dr. Desio Today.

If you are interested learning more about exercise and what how it may benefit your overall health,  contact Dr. Desio today.  Our offices are located in Worcester, Massachusetts, and we proud serve all surrounding areas.  Schedule your appointment today at 508.363.6363.  We hope to hear from you soon.

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