As the New Year approaches, many of us start thinking about New Year’s Resolution(s) and what areas we can improve in our daily lives. Of course, after the rich food laden holidays, many of us make at least one resolution about fitness and eating a healthier diet. For seniors, physical fitness is especially important, yet one needs to keep in mind that he or she cannot jump into the type exercises they did twenty years ago. With that in mind, read the below senior fitness tips to help get you in shape for 2011!
1. Get a checkup
Meet with your healthcare provider to see whether you’ll need to consider any special modifications before starting an exercise program. If necessary, get a clearance to begin a program.
2. Know your options
Before starting any program, examine your options. Pick a program you know you will enjoy. Some individuals like to go to a gym and do a structured workout, while others enjoy a neighborhood walking club. Either will help improve your fitness, ability to function and quality of life-but only if you do it regularly.
3. Determine your participation style
Would you prefer taking a class or going solo? Are you a morning or night person? Does indoor fitness appeal to you, or would you prefer to play outside? Could you dedicate large blocks of time to physical activity or could you fit only shorter, more frequent intervals into your schedule? Be realistic about how you participate.
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