Get Moving

July 24, 2018

Go low-impact

That doesn’t mean you won’t see a big boost in your health. Low-impact exercises take it easy on your joints. Examples of low-impact exercises are walking, cycling, water aerobics, and various types of dancing. If you live in a warmer climate where it’s too hot for you to safely exercise outside, look for indoor walking circuits at local malls or department stores.

Get the right gear

Talk to your doctor, especially if you have spine or bone issues or old injuries, then go to your local sporting goods store to get fitted for a good pair of all-purpose sneakers. Look for shoes that fit well, of course, and that give your feet and ankles the support they need. If you have trouble bending, several manufacturers make slip-on athletic shoes to make it even easier. Also invest in a reusable water bottle to take with you as you work out; hydration is critical.

Focus on balance

Try to do balance exercises three days a week, particularly if you’ve fallen before. Exercises that can help with balance include heel-to-toe walking, backwards walking, sideways walking and tai chi. You can even do some balance exercises, such as shoulder rolls and foot taps, during your normal, everyday activities.

Break it up

Don’t focus on one activity. That can lead to overuse injuries and soreness. Try a variety of activities either on your own or as a part of a class. Many health clubs and gyms offer a senior discount and special classes for seniors; check out the ones in your area. If you have to stop your routine due to illness or injury, remember to take it slow as you work your way back up to your previous intensity and frequency.

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