I'm already physically active. Is there anything more I should be doing?
Even if you're happy with your fitness routine, it's a
good idea to periodically stop, think, and rework your activities and goals. As
age-related issues gradually enter into your fitness equation, keep the
following things in mind.
Beyond age 60, it's important to spend as
much time building strength and flexibility as you spend on aerobic fitness.
Strength and flexibility help your body better handle the age-related changes,
including loss of muscle and problems with balance. To maintain or improve your
balance and resilience, include stretching, muscle strengthening, and such
balance-building activities as
tai chi in your weekly routine.
It's normal to have to gradually adjust your expectations of
how far you can push your body. If you're used to pushing yourself, accept your
body's changes and tend toward moderation.
including different activities in your activity calendar, helps you build
better overall fitness and helps prevent injury from
Replacing a "lost" activity is a key to staying active.
For instance, if you can no longer run, you might try walking, biking, and/or
Injury generally takes longer to recover from as you
age. If you are injured, allow your injury time to heal—yet keep the rest of
your body moving. You can choose from a list of alternate activities, such as
swimming, water exercises, biking, walking, yoga, Pilates, or rowing.
To prevent injury, start a new activity gradually, avoid overusing
your body, and stretch often.
Drink plenty of water before, during, and
after you are active. This is very important when it's hot out and when you do
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
January 24, 2014
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