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Exercise… lets be honest, that is not a word that we “practice” often enough, but as we grow older the positive effects of maintaining an active lifestyle increase greatly. Maintaining a regular exercise routine can render many benefits, particularly as we grow older. Keeping a steady workout program can reduce illness, pain and risk of injury, in addition to those benefits, people with an active lifestyle tend to have more energy and maintain a higher level of independence.
Whether you have always been an active person or are in the process of improving your health by adding in a basic workout routine, its important to find a routine that works well for you, here are a few tips in determining an appropriate workout...
Tip #1- Start Slow, there are many risks associated with jumping fully into a very demanding exercise program, remember to always remain aware of your limitations, extended periods of exercise or over exertion can prove to be more harmful than helpful. When starting a new routine, make sure you are taking time to both warm up prior to the workout and cool down after, as always make sure you are keeping plenty of water close at hand to avoid dehydration. A good idea to begin with is to start a workout approximately 15 minutes in length, every week add an additional 5 minutes and continue to work towards a 30- minute workout, one this is achieved maintain it for 30 days then begin increasing again working up to a full hour.
Tip#2- Keep a watchful eye, nobody knows any better how or what you feel, so its important to keep in mind how your new exercise routine is effecting you, we always recommend getting medical clearance from your doctor before starting any new diet or workout routine. Pay attention to how you feel while exercising, if you feel any discomfort, unusual shortness of breath, palpitations or sharp pains, we recommend scaling back your activity and seeking medical attention should symptoms persist.
Tip#3- Stay committed, remember that an active lifestyle takes work, but work quickly becomes habit, once you are past the initial soreness adding an active exercise routine to your day will become more and more fun, not sure where to start, look into senior wellness programs at local community centers, the YMCA and YWCA often have programs such as these as well, not into traditional exercise sign up for Zumba class! The most important thing is to find something that interests you, so you can stick with it!
Its inevitable, groceries…grandkids…walkers…wheelchairs, the list goes un, but unless your piloting a 15 passenger van, the trunk space does not. The reality is that we progress throughout life and so does the “utility” level of our vehicle. Thinking back to when my son was first born...