Senior’s Q&A

The following are questions from seniors followed by corresponding answer(s). This section will continue to grow with time.

Question: I am a senior citizen. Is it too late for me to become physically active? And, should I take special precautions?

Research studies indicate frequently that seniors are not too old to exercise. In fact, the older you are, the more you need regular exercise. However, if you have been inactive, there are a few precautions you should take. These include:

1) If you have a family history of heart disease or, even if you do not, check with your physician first and begin very gradually.

2) Exercise at an intensity level appropriate for your endurance level. This may include only a short walk, sit up, or push up each day until fitness level increases.

3) Choose activities that are fun, suit your needs, and that you can perform year-round.

4) Choose a location with a smooth, yet soft surface.

5) Take additional time to warm-up and warm-down before and after each workout.

6) Stretch slowly.

7) Drink water on a frequent schedule, i.e., sip water every 10 to 20 minutes, perhaps more frequently on hot days. Do not rely on your sense of thirst for water consumption.