Regular exercise is even more important for seniors than other age groups since the risk of disease and lost mobility is greater and the positive effects are realized more quickly.  But, as we all know, the hardest part is getting started. . .

Tips for getting started:

Look for daily opportunities to exercise in work and play.  Force yourself to walk by parking your car several parking aisles away from the store or your office entrance and walk briskly!

Choose an exercise you like and stick with it.

Use the buddy system.  Arrange to have a friend meet you – It’s harder to say no to exercise when you exercise with a friend.

Walk, swim, climb, bicycle, dance, fish!

Join a walking group or visit your local YMCA, recreation center, park, church, or senior center.