Never Too Late | Healthy Exercise at Any Age

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July 5, 2012

Think you’re too “along in years” for healthy exercise?  Think again!

There’s a longstanding myth that senior life is all about resting and “saving your energy.”  So, if you’re one of those folks who think that working out is only for people in their 20s and 30s, understand that physical activity can actually have a host of benefits at any age.  What are we talking about here?  Healthy exercise can make you feel younger, do the things you enjoy longer and it can often reduce your chances of falling and other injuries.

Still need some convincing?  According to SeniorHealth by the National Institutes of Health, “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.”

Of course, as we age, we have to take special considerations with regards to our exercise regimen.  Don’t know where to start?

Here are 5 Important Exercise Tips for Mature Athletes:

  1. Warm up and cool down. This is one step you should never skip!  A warm up gets your blood flowing, increases your flexibility and gets you ready for physical activity.  It’s also one of the best ways to reduce your chances of injury.  Cooling down is just as important.  It allows your body to recover from the demands of physical activity and reduces muscle tension.
  2. Keep it gentle. As we age, it’s important to keep exercises smooth and gentle.  Think walking, light hand weights or water aerobics.
  3. Listen to your body. If you’re feeling any pain or discomfort, stop!  Charging through a painful workout is a surefire way to injure yourself.
  4. Stay hydrated. Even when you might not feel thirsty, your body could still be dehydrated.  Make sure you’re drinking enough fluids, especially in warmer weather.
  5. Consult a qualified medical professional. Before beginning any exercise program, consult with a qualified medical professional.  They’ll tell you whether you’re healthy enough for exercise and give you tips on what type of workout is appropriate for you.

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To find out more about injury prevention and starting an exercise regimen that’s right for you, contact us today.  Our Sports Medicine and Orthopedic offices offer a host of services including comprehensive Arthritis Treatment.  Call us directly at 707.258.2547 in Napa or 707.446.6206 in Vacaville.  We look forward to meeting you.

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