Did you know that physical activity is one of the best ways to lower your risk of heart disease? Regular exercise helps to strengthen the heart muscle, reduce blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and also is linked to better sleep and brain function. The CDC recommends that adults 65 and older should aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise five days a week. Use the tips below to help you stay motivated and make exercise an enjoyable part of your everyday routine.
Find a Workout Partner – a workout buddy can help keep you encouraged and accountable so you’re less likely to skip out on a trip to the gym or exercise class.
Create a Schedule – Working out at the same time each day/week can help you keep a routine and also plan other activities so you don’t have to miss anything.
Start Small – Start with low-intensity activities such as walking for 10 minutes. Gradually increase the amount of time and intensity of your workouts.
Exercise for Free – Walking inside and outside are both free and easy ways to incorporate physical activity. Look within your community to find free exercise classes.
Talk with Your Doctor – If you are uncertain what exercises would be best for you, discuss your exercise plan with your doctor.
As you get older, you may find it difficult to exercise due to pain or have challenges with your balance and mobility. Physical therapists can teach you how to exercise appropriately for joint mobility, muscle strength, and fitness so you can regain a more active lifestyle. Talk with your doctor to see if physical therapy could benefit you.