Exercising as You Age

As we age, things change.  At first, things may be subtle. Beginning in our 40s, many people need to wear reading glasses. But, as time passes, some people need cataract surgery. The same can be true about your physical health.

Exercise is important but some exercises can do more harm than good. Extreme exercises, like running, can cause excessive wear and tear on the knees, hips, spine, and feet. It’s a good idea to visit a doctor periodically.  Join a fitness gym for a physical evaluation. A personal trainer can give you tips on how to avoid injury. Start slow and work toward your goals.

By age 50, staying active becomes even more important. Don’t stop! The human body begins to lose muscle tone. Exercise appropriately for your age and health status. Again, most gyms have personal trainers available, so use them. Good instruction can prevent a lot of heartache.

By age 60, more physical changes are evident. If you haven’t kept up with exercise, your balance can change, making it easier to fall. If you run, you may want to switch to fast walking. And don’t forget to buy quality shoes that fit well.

By age 70, there are other changes. No matter how well you’re taking care of your body, age happens. So, be careful and keep in touch with your doctor. Eat healthy and watch your weight.

In the event you need some home care along the way, Legacy In-Home Care can help. From personal care like bathing, showering, or just going for a walk, Legacy can provide a caregiver for your specific circumstances.  Whether you’ve had surgery or a long illness, you can trust Legacy to find the care you need for as long as you need it.