The summer is as good a time as any to start exercising – regardless of your age. The springtime and allergy season has come to a close, and the days are long and nights are cool. If you don’t already participate in regular exercise habits, this season is the perfect time for you to get started.
Physical activity helps build muscle strength, improve balance, and reduce falls in older persons. Whether it’s walking, biking or swimming, it’s important to keep moving. Exercise for seniors is especially important, because it helps you keep your full range of motion and can help prevent falls and future health complications.
If you are new to exercise or haven’t exercised in a long time, be sure to consult your physician before starting a program. Here are some helpful tips for staying active this summer:
While the summertime is a great time to start exercising, there are a few things to keep in mind before you begin developing a workout routine
Remember to hydrate
This is especially important on hot sunny days. It is recommended that you consume 8 glasses of water each day. At least 2 of those servings should be consumed before you begin exercising. It is also important to drink water during and after a workout session in order to keep fluids circulating through your body.
If you’re talking a walk or biking outside, the sun’s rays can have harmful effects if you’re outside for long periods of time. Use SPF 30 to make sure you are fully protected.
Have proper footwear
It can be tempting in the summer to skip heavy tennis shoes and opt for something lighter. But your feet will thank you later for the support.
Don’t forget sunglasses
Most people don’t think about bringing shades with them on a workout. But sunglasses can keep your eyes from being damaged and also prevent headaches from squinting.
You are capable of more than you think you are! Try to make a goal for exercise every week, whether it’s 20 minutes a day of walking or 2 and a half hours a week of any type of activity. And every week, make a new goal. Increase your time each day. Walk a little faster. Use slightly heavier weights. You can do more than you’d think. Just remember to not push too far. Know your body, know your limits, and know your potential.
Today is always the best day to start your exercise routine. Contact your doctor for more information on what exercise program would be best for your health.