Published on July 20, 2015

Seniors: A countdown to getting active again

Some things are better left in the past.

senior yogaExercise, though, isn’t one of them.

If you’ve become less active with age, there’s good news: You’re never too old to get moving again. Here’s a countdown to help you get started.

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Give yourself a high five. The decision to exercise again is a good one.

“Studies have shown that people who exercise function better,” says Thomas Duffy, DO, an orthopedic surgeon at Mercy Fitzgerald. “They’re able to do their day-to-day activities much easier.”

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Consider how the four main types of exercise can help you:

• Endurance exercises strengthen your heart and lungs.
• Flexibility exercises stretch muscles and make movement easier.
• Strength exercises boost muscle power.
• Balance exercises can lower your risk of falling.

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Ask your doctor three questions:

• Are there any exercises or activities I should avoid?
• Is my preventive care up-to-date?
• Given my health, how should I get started?

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Sometimes two is better than one.

If you partner up, you can help motivate each other. And there are many programs where you can exercise with others—such as, aerobics, indoor cycling and Pilates.

Stay focused on one goal. “If you can get up and move, you’re going to feel better and you’re going to have more energy,” Dr. Duffy says. “You’re going to have a better quality of life.”

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The Right Moves

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