We all know the importance of exercise, and staying fit is important for your health no matter what your age. But as seniors, we need to do a little extra planning when we exercise to make sure that our exercise activity is safe, considering any health conditions and medications we’re taking. Whether we’re participating in a group activity at our senior living facility or taking a walk or a run in the neighborhood, safety is a top priority. Here are a few tips that will help ensure you can stay fit safely.
Talk with your doctor. It’s always important to talk with your doctor before starting an exercise program, especially if you take medications or have medical conditions. While most exercises can be safe, your doctor may suggest limiting the time you spent exercising, how many repetitions you do, or, if your activity involves lifting weights, how much weight you use. Your doctor or physical therapist can also tell you which exercises can be most beneficial for you.
Watch for danger signs. When you start a new exercise program, you’ll probably feel a little tired, but you shouldn’t experience much muscle soreness or stiffness the next day. If you do, back off your program slightly so you can exercise comfortably. And if you experience any danger signs like chest pressure, shortness of breath, dizziness, or nausea, stop exercising and contact your doctor.
Dress correctly for the exercise. Always wear comfortable clothing that is appropriate for the activity. Some activities like jogging require loose-fitting clothes, but if you’re working with gym machines, you’ll want to avoid anything that can get caught in the machine. If exercising outdoors, wear bright-colored clothing so drivers can see you. It’s important to always wear the right shoes with good support, so choose shoes designed for your activity, like jogging, walking, or dancing.
Start slowly. Avoid rushing into a complicated workout program. Too much too soon can be dangerous, and you’re less likely to stick with a program if it’s too difficult. Start slowly with an activity you know you can do, like walking, and increase your intensity and time spent exercising only after you’re accustomed to regular exercise.
Rest when you need to. You don’t need to strictly adhere to any rules about exercising, so if you’re winded after a few minutes, stop and give yourself a rest or lower the intensity. As you grow more accustomed to the exercise, you’ll be able to do it for longer intervals. And if you’re feeling ill, give yourself time to rest and recover before you return to your exercise routine.
Everyone needs exercise, but it’s important for seniors to do it safely. Exercise programs at senior living facilities like Ashbridge Manor Senior Living can be a fun way to get the exercise you need. If you’re ready to transition to a senior living facility, contact us today. Our friendly, professional staff members and state-of-the-art facilities emphasize wellness, fun daily activities, and a welcoming sense of community, and we make it easy to transition to your new, active senior lifestyle. You can find us at 971 E. Lancaster Avenue in Downingtown, PA, call 610.269.8800, or contact us online for more information. Ask us about our move-in special! Ashbridge Manor is a safe, COVID-free senior living community.