Many older adults enjoy swimming, dancing, group calisthenics and biking. Besides being good exercise, they are also wonderful social outlets. Some people prefer more exotic forms of exercise, such as yoga and tai chi.
The choice of exercise is up to you, but choose one that doesn't exhaust you or strain your muscles or joints. Also, pick an exercise that you can do regularly. It is far better to walk to the end of the street and back every day than to get no exercise at all.
Once you begin to look for exercise opportunities, you may be surprised at the variety of activities available.
Seniors: Become Fit and Stay Fit
Pay attention to your general health. Be sure to have a regular health checkup. If your doctor prescribes medication, take it as directed.
If you smoke, you should quit. Smoking is injurious to your heart, blood vessels and lungs.
If you are overweight, your doctor will probably recommend some form of dieting. Being overweight adversely affects your heart, blood pressure and joints. Eat a well-balanced diet with plenty of grains, vegetables and fruit. Cut down on fatty foods.
Exercise is as important to weight loss or maintenance as calorie intake. Although you don't burn many more calories exercising than you do while resting, exercise increases your basal metabolic rate — the rate at which you use up energy while at rest. Therefore, you burn more calories per hour throughout the day, and that adds up.
All aspects of health and fitness work together for your benefit. There is no reason not to stay as fit as possible as you get older. The results are well worth the effort.
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