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How Can Getting Fit Improve Senior Safety?

Fitness for seniors is one of the most important components to a solid senior safety plan. While the seniors of today are more active than those of generations past, fitness often takes a back stage as people have a tendency to become more sedentary after retirement. It may take a little effort at first to shake up your fitness routine but the results of getting active and staying fit as a senior are well worth the initial effort. Once you’ve established the good habits of daily exercise the routine will be a simple matter to work into your day no matter where you may be.

Here are a few excellent tips for staying fit to improve senior safety in your golden years.

Make Your Fitness Plan Travel Friendly

Develop a fitness plan that isn’t location or equipment specific. Many seniors enjoy traveling frequently. When you decide on an exercise regimen that requires specific equipment of locations you run the risk of falling out of practice while travelling. If you focus instead, on exercises that can be done wherever you are and require little or no equipment you can take your fitness routine on the road, rail, or cruise ship with you.

Make Your Plan for Fitness Simple

The more complicated the routine the more likely it is that you will find excuses not to do it. Simple routines are easy to follow and while they may not be quite as exciting they are effective because you know what is expected and are sure you can deliver day after day.

It is true that you are less likely to make excuses not to exercise if you have no trouble getting it done. That doesn’t mean that you want an exercise plan that provides absolutely no challenge. It simply means that you do not want to create a plan that is too challenging for you to enjoy the benefits of doing it.

Make Your Fitness Plan Low Impact

High impact exercises for seniors can do more harm than good. No matter how excellent your healthy may be it is a good idea to find an exercise plan that doesn’t place you at greater risk than no exercise would. Tai Chi, Yoga for seniors, swimming, and water aerobics are excellent examples of workouts that are big on results and low on bone jarring impact. Hiking and rowing are also great ideas as long as you are hiking in areas that pose little risk of falling or hiking as part of a group. The key to this is safety. You want to keep a plan that is safe for you and will help you maintain a certain level of activity daily.

Make sure you consult your physician before you begin any fitness plan no matter what your age. It is vital that your plan doesn’t interfere with any medications you are taking and will not work to intensify any underlying condition you are suffering with. A complete physical is a great idea as is asking your physician for recommendations about specific exercises that are good for you.

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