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Tips for Staying Active in Your Later Years

By September 6, 2013Archives

As the years go by and you move into your senior years, you’ve likely noticed that certain aspects of your life have begun to change. Your health and overall lifestyle are two of the most noticeable changes. For example, you might notice that you just don’t get around as easily as you used to due to arthritis. Or that it’s harder for you to complete household tasks that used to be simple, like climbing the stairs or doing laundry.

The good news is that many of those problems can be alleviated by incorporating exercise into your routine.  Staying active and committing to an exercise plan can lead to significant overall health benefits. So, how can you be sure to reap those benefits well into your senior years?

Speak with Your Physician

One of the first things you need to do before starting any kind of exercise or physical activity is to schedule an appointment with your doctor. He or she can put you through a quick physical exam, making sure that it’s safe for you to undertake the new routine.

In addition, your doctor will be able to give you some valuable tips and educational pointers when it comes to activity for your age and fitness level. He or she will guide you through the process and give you advice on how to avoid unnecessary injury.

It’s All About a Schedule

No matter what your age, it can be easy to talk yourself out of exercising or getting out of the house. This is especially true for seniors because activities can become challenging. That’s exactly why maintaining a schedule is important. If you want to remain healthy and independent, it’s important to schedule time into your day for physical activity. Make this a priority, just like you would for cooking dinner or getting enough sleep. Once you become used to doing some form of daily activity, it will become second nature.

Don’t Go it Alone

Things in life are much easier when you have a friend along for the ride. Physical activity is no different. Try turning your exercise routine into a social activity with others or join a group of friends for a walk around the neighborhood. Not only will you get your heart pumping, you’ll have a great time socializing with your friends, too!

 

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