BodybuildingPro.com Training Database Advanced Training Tips Exercise Over 50
Exercise Tips for Older Folks
If you have a family history of heart disease, check with your
doctor first. It's a good idea to have a physical examination and
take a graded exercise test before you start an exercise
Pick rhythmic, repetitive activities that challenge the
circulatory system, and exercise at an intensity appropriate for
Pick activities that are fun, that suit your needs and that you
can do year-round.
Wear comfortable clothing and footwear appropriate for the
temperature, humidity and activity.
If you decide that walking is a great activity for you, choose a
place that has a smooth, soft surface; that does not intersect with
traffic; and that's well-lighted and safe. Many older Americans
walk at area shopping malls.
Find a companion to exercise with you if it will help you stay on
a regular schedule and add to your enjoyment.
Because muscular adaptation and elasticity generally slows with
age, take more time to warm up and cool down while exercising. Make
sure you stretch slowly.
Start exercising at a low intensity (especially if you've been
mostly sedentary), and progress gradually.
If you plan to be active more than 30 minutes, then try to drink
some water every 15 minutes, especially when exercising in hot,
humid conditions. As you age, your sense of thirst tends to
decrease and you can't completely rely on your internal sense of
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