Seniors and Physical Fitness

Physical fitness is one of the pillars of a healthy life, but that doesn’t mean you have to tie yourself to a regimented routine. Most experts recommend a half hour of walking as a good standard for daily exercise, plus other strengthening.

If you’re walking outside, make sure you’re wearing appropriate clothing and footwear, and you’re dressing in layers for the weather. Even more fun: walking with friends on a circuit inside the mall or even the local gym or  school.

Don’t forget the many fitness programs available on TV, or from the library via tape. Many senior centers now have Wii consols and Wii fit, which is a fun way to track your progress.

There’s nothing that says you can’t put on a little bit of Chubby Checker and twist the night away, too! Dancing is a great form of exercise, and every bit of movement counts, from bowling to raking the lawn.

And don’t forget the usual advice: Check with your doctor before you begin a fitness program.

Reprinted from Maine Senior Guide.