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Why should I exercise?

Exercising is the most important thing that you can do to keep yourself healthy. Did you know that keeping fit can add up to 2 to 3 years to your life span? The benefits go far beyond cardiovascular fitness and improved pulmonary function too.
Exercise also helps to…

Control blood pressure
Ward off Diabetes
Eliminates depression and insomnia
Contributes to balance which avoids dangerous trips and falls
Prevents Osteoporosis and or reduces the pain
Decreased risk of certain cancers
Maintains weight
Decreases cholesterol

The importance of stretching:

Stretching increases blood flow and gets your body ready for exercise. It also improves your flexibility which makes exercising motions easier. A warm-up and cool-down period of 5 to 15 minutes minimum should be followed. Stretching can help loosen muscles in the arms, shoulders, back, chest, thighs, and calves.

What exercises should I do?

Aerobics: Improves muscle tone and your cardiovascular health. Try walking, running, swimming, hiking, cycling, dancing, rowing, and skiing

Weight training: Increases muscle mass, strength, and tone.

Yoga: Promotes overall balance and wellbeing. Yoga is considered by many to be the perfect exercise. Yoga is very good for posture and balance which leads to less accidents from tripping and falling.

Important reminders:

Older individuals, especially those who have led a very sedentary lifestyle, should check with their doctors before starting any exercise regimen. A stress or blood pressure test may be needed to clear you for exercise.

Extra tips:

Don’t exercise with a full belly. Wait about 2 hours then begin.
Drink plenty of water
Wear comfortable clothing and supportive footwear and carry a small cell phone in case of emergency.
Avoid exercising outdoors in very warm or very cold weather
If you have any excessive shortness of breath, chest pain, or other unusual discomfort, stop exercising immediately and call your doctor or 911.
Exercise with a buddy – always.
Have fun!