3 Tips for Maintaining an Active Lifestyle as You Age

Maintaining a regular exercise routine has many benefits at any age, but as we grow older, the positive effects of maintaining an active lifestyle increase greatly. Keeping a steady workout program can reduce illness, pain, and risk of injury. In addition to these 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 regimen, it’s important to find a routine that works well for you.

Here are three tips for maintaining an active lifestyle as you age!

1) Start Slow

Many risks are associated with jumping fully into a demanding exercise program which is why it’s important always to remain aware of your limitations, as extended periods of exercise or over exertion can prove to be more harmful than helpful. When starting a new routine, ensure you take the time to warm up before the workout and cool down afterward. Don’t forget to keep plenty of water close at hand to avoid dehydration too.

A good starting point is to try a workout that is approximately 15 minutes in length. Add 5 minutes every week and continue working towards a 30-minute workout. Once you’re comfortable with 30 minutes of exercise, aim to maintain this routine for 30 days. Then, begin increasing again incrementally, working up to a full hour.

2) Assess How You Are Feeling

Keep a watchful eye on your body as you become more active. Nobody knows how you’re feeling better than you, so it’s important to keep in mind how your new exercise routine is affecting you physically. For older individuals, it’s recommended to get medical clearance from your doctor before starting any new diet or workout routine.

Pay attention to how your body responds as you work through your exercise routine. If you feel any discomfort, unusual shortness of breath, palpitations, or sharp pains, you might need to scale back your activity. Be sure to seek medical attention if your symptoms persist.

3) Stay Committed

Maintaining an active lifestyle takes work, but the good news is it can quickly become a habit. Once you are past the initial soreness and adjustment period, adding an active exercise routine to your day will become more fun. If you’re older and unsure where to start, look into senior wellness programs at local community centers. The YMCA and YWCA often have these types of programs. The most important thing is to find something that interests you so you can stick with it!

You may need extra support as you adjust to a new active lifestyle. The orthopedic products we offer at BEK Medical can provide the additional comfort you need to transition to regular exercising. From knee and elbow braces to lumbar support belts and abdominal binders, we have everything you need to make your workout as pain-free as possible.

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