Which signs of “aging” would you like to reverse? Check off the ones that apply to you.
• Decreased endurance
• Increased blood pressure
• Increased body fat
• Stiff muscles and joints
• Loss of muscle strength
• Fragile bones
Start slowly. If you’re beginning an exercise program, ask your doctor or fitness professional for guidelines on how much exercise is safe for you. The safest exercise to start with is walking.
Keep these pointers in mind:
• While vigorous exercise is usually desirable, even exercising at 35 percent of your maximum capacity gives benefits.
• When doing strength training, stay with low-resistance, high-repetition training. For instance, in weight training, lift smaller weights more times.
• Be extra careful to avoid overtraining. The resulting injuries could put an end to your exercise program.
• Exercise at the lower end of your target heart range. (If you’re breathing so hard you can’t talk, you’re exercising too hard.)
If you experience difficulty breathing or chest pains while exercising, stop immediately and consult your health-care provider. The following are benefits of exercising as you age:
• Lower risk of heart attack
• Better ability to ward off blood clots
• Lower risk of diabetes
• More energy
• Better balance
• More strength
• Less bone loss due to osteoporosis
• Greater flexibility
• Prevention of obesity
• Better cholesterol count
• Lower cancer risk
For more information call the health promotion staff at 531-6880/3255.