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Starting an exercise routine later in life, it can be done

July 23, 2012

Many seniors know the importance of staying active later in life, but for some who have admittedly fallen behind on their workout regimen, picking up an exercise routine may seem like it's out of the question. Whether it be due to arthritis, risk of injury or simply thinking that it's too late to begin, many may choose to stay inactive. However, according to The Huffington Post, there are many ways for older adults to make getting in shape part of senior living.

One of the most important things older adults picking up an exercise routine should do is visit their doctor. Working out places some strain on the body, and it can be exacerbated in seniors who may have been inactive for a while. Getting checked out can help avoid any complications from pre-existing medical conditions or injuries.

In a similar vein, older adults restarting their exercise regimen should be sure to ease into it. Going from 0 to 60 can be a bad idea at any age, let alone during retirement years. It could be in the form of alternating days or working up to a five-mile walk by simply strolling around the block, but taking things easy at first is important, the website advises.

Seniors should also consider activities that exist outside the realm of cardio. While aerobic activity is important, it is also essential for them to include flexibility and strength exercises, as both varieties are crucial to preventing falls.

Following such tips may be important to a number of older adults. Although the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends getting around 150 minutes of moderate activity a week, only about 38.5 percent of men and 31.1 percent of women 65 to 74 exercise regularly, according to the Administration on Aging.