Exercise is a great way to keep healthy and age gracefully. However, as we age, it can become much more difficult to motivate ourselves to get outside or hit the gym. Whether you’re a senior citizen or not, these exercise tips are great for anyone who is just starting out on their path to wellness.
Set an Exercise Schedule and Stick to it!
We all get bogged down by the busy routine of daily life, so it can be hard to find time to fit in a jog or weight training. Who has time to get to the gym when there are so many things to get done during the day? If you set a schedule, and try not to deviate from it, you might see some positive results. It may be difficult for some seniors to make it to the gym everyday, but if there is a set schedule where exercise is mandatory, it will be much harder to slack off. Switch up your exercise routine so you don’t get bored.
Reward Yourself For Your Commitment
You need something to look forward to when you are on the last few minutes of your run or workout. Plan to do something that you really enjoy after your workout. Think of positive, relaxing activities that you might enjoy following an intense workout session. This positive reinforcement will help train you to think of working out as an accomplishment, as it is. But be sure to remember to only give yourself healthy rewards. Alcohol and unhealthy foods should not be a reward for working out.
Spend Time Warming Up and Cooling Down
This is a crucial part to every workout that many of us ignore. Stretching before and after an intense workout can help to prevent muscle strains and sprains. Cooling down can provide increased flexibility, and decrease your risk of injury. Warming up is just as important. Your body is like a machine in that it needs to warm up first; it cannot healthily go from zero to 100, so always warm up before exercise to keep your muscles and joints limber and strong.
Wear the Proper Shoes
Even if you don’t plan on being the next great marathon runner, shoes are crucial to effective workouts. Make sure that you have the right shoes for the right activity. Do your research and find the right style of shoe for the specific activity that you plan on doing. The way you walk can impact, not only your lower extremities, but also your spine. This is why it is crucial to get fitted for the right shoes. If you exercise frequently, be sure to replace your shoes every three months.
With these tips and with your determination, age is no excuse to keep you out of the gym. To live a long and healthy life, exercise and nutrition are key. Always consult your chiropractor or primary care physician prior to implementing any new exercise routines.
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