Five Exercise Tips for Senior Citizens
Exercising on a regular basis can benefit people 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 of the same exercises they did when they were younger, many older adults still enjoy exercises, such as playing tennis or golf, running, swimming, and bicycle riding.
In addition to keeping your body healthy, exercise can also improve your mental health. Before starting any exercise routine, though, it is important to keep several things in mind.
Top Five 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 advise you on what types of exercise are best for you.
- Pick an activity you enjoy doing. Regardless of age, exercise is something most people try to avoid doing. Choosing an activity you enjoy, such as swimming or playing golf, will help you be more motivated to exercise.
- Drink plenty of fluids. Even during the colder months, it is important to stay hydrated as you exercise. During exercise, your body loses essential electrolytes which can be replenished with water or a sports drink.
- Start slow. Older athletes who are just beginning an exercise routine should start slow, with lower-impact exercises such as walking or swimming, or lifting light hand weights to slowly build up strength. Also, remember to warm-up and cool down before and after exercising.
- Listen to your body. A common mistake among athletes, both young and old, is not listening to their body while exercising. Whenever you feel pain or discomfort during exercise, give your body a break and stop what you're doing.
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