Six Exercise Tips for Those Age 65 and Over

We have long known that regular cardiovascular exercise is one of the best ways to ward off heart disease, diabetes, and many other chronic diseases. It could also help you sleep better, prevent anxiety, depression, and keep you looking fit and healthy. As you age, you might wonder if cardio exercise is still safe for you, and how much exercise is right for you.

Seniors who are lifelong fitness enthusiasts, it is usually safe to continue your regular exercise routine. If your routine feels comfortable for you, you can continue. But even if you have never been much of an exercise buff, it is never too late to start! Of course, you should continue to follow all safety guidelines.

Ask your doctor. If you want to start a new exercise routine, always check with your doctor first. During your appointment, your Physician can screen you for underlying conditions and advise you on the types of movements that are safe for your level of fitness.

Exercise with a partner. If you are injured or experience any other mishap, an exercise partner will be there to assist you.

Wear the correct attire. If you plan to walk or jog, you will want adequately supportive shoes. If you are exercising outdoors, remember to protect yourself from the sun with breathable clothing, a hat or visor, and the appropriate sunscreen.

Go easy on your joints. Those over 65 often experience a loss of cartilage in joints, especially knees and hips. Choose lower-impact forms of exercise, such as swimming or cycling, to prevent soreness in those areas.

Work out at the correct intensity. For the most effective cardio workout, you should get your heart rate into the target range for your age and level of fitness. Follow your doctor’s advice or consider hiring a personal trainer who can help you develop an exercise routine. Wearing a Fitbit or similar device can help you monitor your heart rate.

Exercise regularly. For best results in preventing chronic disease, aim for 20 to 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise at least three times per week. Initially, you should keep in mind that you might need to start with shorter sessions.

Always consult with your Primary Physician before beginning a new exercise routine. Your Physician’s advice is crucial to ensure that your regiment is safe for your fitness level and to receive information relating to disease prevention.

For information about Nevada Medicare plans contact your ECOS Medicare Solutions agent.

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