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Health Tip of the Day

Exercise Rules for Seniors

Experts recommend that, as an older adult, you:

  • Contact your physician first before starting an exercise program.

  • Always wear appropriate safety gear. If you bike, for instance, use a bike helmet.

  • Wear appropriate shoes for each sport.

  • Warm up before exercise.

  • Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day.

  • Exercise with a buddy.

  • Never increase your activity (distance walked or weight lifted) by more than 10 percent a week.

  • Avoid the same routine two days in a row to work different muscles. Walk, swim, play tennis or lift weights. Different activities work different muscles.

  • Stop exercising if you experience severe pain or swelling, and contact your physician.