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Seniors! Get Fit Safely
By Scott Berry
So you’ve been told that you need to exercise more. Great! There are all kinds of benefits that one receives by having an exercise program. However, there are some important things you should know before you start. Let’s begin with a few exercise basics.
Visit Your Doctor. Every coach or personal trainer in the world will tell you the same thing: check with your doctor before you begin any exercise program! There’s a good reason for that. Your health care professional will give you some important information about what level of exercise is right for you. Your doctor will also tell you if there are any types of activities that might put your health at risk. Getting the approval of your doctor is a critical first step.
Get The Right Equipment. Perhaps the most important exercise equipment you need is a solid pair of shoes. Make sure they fit your feet correctly, have a good sole, new laces, and are appropriate for the kind of activity you’ll be doing! You’ll also need to have some clothing. If your exercise program will keep you indoors most of the time, you can get by with some comfortable shorts and t-shirt. If you’re going outside a lot, you might need to dress in layers so that you can adjust your comfort to your exercise activities.
Start Slow. While you might dream of taking some long hikes through your favorite national forest , it’s probably wise to start with a less aggressive program. This is especially true if you haven’t exercised in a while. Begin with a simple warm up routine. Develop a reasonable plan to help you achieve your goal.
Stay Hydrated. Nothing will bring your exercise program to an end faster than becoming dehydrated. Even if you aren’t involved in a high-energy activity, you may still perspire more than you know. Keep a bottle of water in reach. Don’t drink fast or in large quantities; taking a few sips during the course of your workout will probably be enough.
Know When to Stop. Be careful. While you might have a lot of drive and desire to reach a particular fitness goal, don’t force yourself to complete an exercise. If you feel light-headed or faint, STOP! Find a safe place to sit, sip some water, and let your body recover. You may need to contact your health care professional for guidance on continuing your program. Contact us if you have any particular questions.
Exercise with a Buddy. There are many reasons you should have a buddy to do your workout with. First of all, it’s pleasant to share the experience with someone else. Exercising alone has its benefits, but most personal trainers encourage people to have a companion. You are more likely to stay on track with your exercise program if you have a friend to encourage you. It’s also wise to have someone nearby just in case you run into a problem. Accidents and injuries can happen to anyone.
An exercise program should be enjoyable. While you may want to attain a certain goal, it’s best to keep your activity at a comfortable level. Always remember to warm up and don’t over do it. Most importantly, have fun.
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