The games are quickly approaching, and most of America is looking forward to watching some of the most athletic people in the world compete for their country. A benefit of this excitement is getting everyone on track to train harder and get in shape no matter what age. If you’re looking to help your aging loved one stay fit, Choice Health Management Services is here with some great tips for fitness after 70:
- Consult your doctor. This will alert them to pay extra attention to your heart, lungs and bones. You don’t want to overstress your heart, and you want to make sure osteoporosis hasn’t started to set in and risk breaking a bone.
- Start slow. You may feel like you’re miles behind everyone else at the gym, but it’s important you go at your pace. If you overdo it, you may find yourself back at the doctor’s—and not for good reasons!
- Remember that you’re not 20 anymore. While you may remember the thrill of running 5 miles in 45 minutes or less, doing so now could put you in a lot of pain. It’s okay to not be in the same place as you used to be.
- Stop if you feel pain! It’s your body’s warning signal that you’re overdoing it. Again, you’re not 20, so recovering from a hard workout now will take much longer than it used to.
- Warm up. This is something you may not have had to do as a young adult, but as an older adult, not doing so can lead to injury.
- Experiment with a variety of different exercises. Find one that you enjoy and that doesn’t overstress your body or put you in pain. Biking, walking, swimming and yoga are good things to consider.
Young or old, there’s no denying the benefits of regular exercise, and what better motivation for getting fit than watching the games. At Choice Health Management Services, we believe strongly in staying active and fit no matter what age. In addition to regularly scheduled activities, we offer in-patient and out-patient rehabilitation that is focused on helping residents return to prior levels of function.
Contact Choice Health Management Services today to discuss how we help residents stay active!