Many seniors today are making exercise programs an important part of their daily lives. Whether using exercise for weight loss, improved cardio function, or just general fitness, exercising on a daily basis can greatly benefit seniors. Many commonly faced illnesses can be combated effectively if not entirely by daily exercise. Exercise can also help reduce the negative side effects of osteoporosis and arthritis while at the same time reducing the risk of heart disease. A workout program should include training with weights as well a cardio workout. Seniors have a few more restrictions on them now then when they were young and need to consider a few things before beginning any exercise program.
Things You Will Need
Comfortable shoes for walking, light weights
The fist step is to get clearance from your health care provider before starting any exercise program. Make sure you are physically able to exercise safely.
Start slow. Make your daily routine short at first and take regular breaks. It can be dangerous to jump back into a routine that you used to do when you were young and in shape. This is especially true if you have not seen the inside of a gym in a long time. Even walking at a fast pace or for a long distance should be avoided at first. Be realistic in what and how much you do at first.
Choose a routine that you will enjoy. You are more likely to stick to a routine that you enjoy doing. Personal trainers and group fitness classes can also help improve the exercise experience.
Stretch before and after exercising. Even professional athletes stretch on a daily basis.
Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Dehydration is bad for your body. It can lead to muscle tightness (cramps) and even stomach pains. You still sweat even if your routines are not strenuous.
Exercise can greatly improve the quality of life so take that first step and start a program to improve your everyday life.
Tips & Warnings
See your healthcare provider at least once a year.
Consult your healthcare provider before beginning any exercise program. If you have feelings of nausea, dizziness or lightheadedness, stop, you are pushing too hard.