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|Q: I've haven't always been an active person but now as I'm getting older I'm thinking more about keeping my body in shape. Where should I start?
A: In 2006, the first Baby
Boomers—people born in between 1946 and 1964—turned 60 years old. But
this group has made it clear they don't plan on sitting around in
rocking chairs. If you're a senior interested in staying young, agile,
and healthy, be sure to get regular exercise and support it with a
Your exercise program—what's your pleasure?
Choose exercises or physical activities that you enjoy, that get you outdoors, and that you can do with friends. Some ideas:
- Walking is one of your best options for aerobic exercises.
It requires no special equipment other than good footwear and a water
bottle. Put on sunscreen, sunglasses, and perhaps a hat or scarf to
protect yourself from the sun's rays, especially if you go walking
after 10 a.m. and before 3 p.m. For extra motivation, walk with a
- Swimming is another great aerobic exercise,
especially if your joints don't like walking. Bring a water bottle with
you to the pool. Ear plugs made for swimming can prevent ear irritation
- Tai chi maintains balance, flexibility, and
strength. Dr. Jim Concotelli, the vice president of programs and
services at Horizon Bay Senior Communities in Tampa, Florida, has
documented that regular tai chi practice in older adults reduces falls
by 50%. "Tai chi at any age can be fulfilling," says Concotelli. Tai
chi also lowers blood pressure, strengthens the heart, increases oxygen
intake, calms a stressed nervous system, and improves immune function.
Give your workout a boost
Maintain vitality and get the energy you need for regular exercise by maintaining a wellness lifestyle:
- Eating balanced meals provides you with the fuel for
exercise. If you exercise in the morning, make sure you eat breakfast.
Combine carbohydrates with protein for sustained energy, such as
fortified cereal with milk and fruit.
- Keep healthy snacks
on hand to keep your energy up. Nuts, fruits, energy bars, flavored
rice cakes, yogurt, and the like make delicious pick-me-ups.
sleep gives you added energy. Get to sleep quicker by winding down
before you go to bed. Tips include dimming the lights, reading a book,
taking a bubble bath, or sipping some milk or warm herbal tea such as
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