How To Stay Active Later In Life: Where To Begin

Staying active doesn’t have to be hard, start small A sign hanging on a fence that says "warm up area"and work your way up to avoid injuries. Set yourself a goal and give yourself fifteen minutes a day to start with. You know your body better than anyone, so start where you’re capable and don’t over due it. I recommend starting with a warm up, maybe some stretching or taking a short walk. Its important to warm up your muscles, its one of the safest way to avoid injury. Here are the steps you can take to keep you going:

  1. Mentally Prepare
  2. Make Time
  3. Do Activities
  4. Drink Water
  5. Eat Healthy

Stretching

Stretching is a form of physical activity that improves flexibility, muscle control, and body motion. It helps active people to reduce or avoid injuries. When stretching don’t bounce in the stretch and hold your stretch for a few seconds to get the best benefit. Examples of common stretching includes

  • Shoulders
  • Triceps
  • Back
  • Calves
  • Quads
  • Hamstrings
  • Gluteus
  • Knee rolls
  • Adductors

Begining stretching diagram

Walking

Picture of someones shoes as they in walking motionWalking or walking in place is an effective way to warm your muscle up. You can do this activity anywhere and at any time. Walking doesn’t have to be for warming up either, you can do this as part of your everyday workout. Walking is good for raising your heart rate and increasing your stamina.

Inspiring Video

If you need something to inspiring to watch, try this youtube video.

I’ll leave you with this:

If your serious about making a change in your life and want to start your new healthy life style of staying active and getting into shape (physically and mentally,) start small. Start with stretching or walking daily and when your ready to start the next phase, I’ll be here to help you along the way. Go at your own pace, just don’t give up!

In my next article in this series is the Gallery where you can see my work out buddies in action.

Article Series on Staying Active Later in Life

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