You’re never too old to love yourself. You’re never too old to try something new. And you’re certainly never too old to exercise! As a matter of fact, one of the absolute best things that a senior can do is to incorporate a weekly workout routine into their lifestyle to keep their bones strong, their muscles developed and even their skin toned. However, as with all people, no matter what the age, there are some safety precautions that should be taken to reduce the risk of injury.
Have Yourself Checked Out
Honestly, no matter what someone’s age is, this is something that they ought to do. There are a lot of people out here who have no idea that their blood pressure is soaring through the roof or that they have some kind of heart condition. For these reasons alone, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment with your doctor before either getting into a high-impact or long-term fitness routine. Once you’ve had a standard physical, be sure to ask him or her if there are any activities that s/he feels are not the safest for you or warning signs that you should look for (besides obvious ones like sharp heart or arm pains) to indicate that you either need to slow down or completely stop the exercises that you are doing. Also, it couldn’t hurt to get the consultation of a nutritionist or dietician to share with you the kind of diet you should be on now that you’re about to be raising your heart rate and metabolism.
Dress for the Occasion
One of the biggest mistakes that a senior can make is to start an aerobics class without supportive shoes or join a biking class without the appropriate gear. Before getting involved with any kind of exercise, make sure to discuss with the instructor what you will need to protect your body. If you’re biking outside, get a helmet. If you’re going to be swimming, purchase some kind of water floatation device. Anything that involves cardio, make sure that you have some sneakers that will support your legs and ankles. Comfortable leather shoes without a lot of padding are an ideal beginning when looking for the most suitable pair.
Workout at Your Own Pace
It’s good to be enthusiastic, but don’t let your emotions force you to move faster than your body can really handle. Rome wasn’t built in a day and our bodies certainly weren’t, either. If you’re starting something new, even if you are a fitness buff, it’s still a good idea to start off slow until you get the hang of what you’re doing. If it’s a workout routine, why not do 10-15 minute intervals for a couple of weeks before committing to the entire hour? If it’s an actual class that’s offered three times per week, maybe start off doing one. Our bodies have miraculous ways of letting us know when we’re pushing it further than it’s ready to go and the truth is that a lot of us wouldn’t need to call a company for a short term health insurance quote to up our premiums, if we’d take wise preventative measures on the front end before a mishap. Remember, exercise is to improve your body’s condition, not worsen it. Be safe with yourself, before, during and after beginning a workout regimen.