Physical Activity as You Get Older - Topic Overview
It's never too
late to start getting active. Being fit is important for
everyone. You can benefit from physical activity even if you think of yourself
as "elderly" or you already have conditions such as arthritis or heart
disease. Being more active will help you feel better and may even
help you live longer.
If you haven't been
active for a long time, you may have no idea where to start. The important
thing is to take that first step—and make that first step a small one.
Be smart about exercise
- Talk to your doctor before you start a fitness program, especially if you are older or worried about how exercise might affect your health.
You may have health problems that limit what you can do.
- Don't overdo it! If it hurts, stop. Some minor soreness or
stiffness is to be expected at first, but pain is a warning sign to
- If you have been inactive for years, start with about 5 to 10
minutes of activity at a time, and increase your time as you get more
comfortable with the activity.
- Try to improve only a little bit at a time. Pick one area for
improvement first. Set your personal goal in that area, and meet the goal before
trying another area.