Increasing your physical activity level as an aging adult is a great idea. You do want to make sure you do so safely, though.
Set Some Goals Before You Even Get Moving
Goals are always important no matter what you’re facing. The key with exercise goals is that you want them to be attainable, but not too easy. Exercise is going to be a challenge and you want it to be a challenge that you can get close to meeting. When you’re first starting out, your goals are going to be small and might even feel silly. But they’re important and they can keep you motivated.
Start Slowly and Acclimate Yourself
You never want to start out a new exercise program by pushing yourself too hard or trying to go too fast. Again, you’re trying to meet small goals, not run a marathon on your first day out. If you have to, make sure that you’re doing only enough to raise your heart rate slightly. You can always increase your activity level or add more time to your workout. Pushing yourself too hard can cause injury or even a trip to your doctor.
Look for Group Activities if That’s Your Thing
There are plenty of group sports and exercise opportunities for seniors. You can usually find these at local senior centers, but they may be available at other places, too, like your local gym. If you’re someone who finds it motivating to work out with other people, this is a great idea. This can also be helpful if you want to be a little more social.
Consider Using a Medical Alert Device
Something you might want to include as part of your workout gear might be a medical alert device. These devices have come a long way since they first started out. They can put you in contact immediately with someone who can route emergency medical assistance to you if you push a button. Some even include fall detection that can sound an alarm at the call center and cause an operator to reach out to you to make sure you’re okay. This can be crucial if you do ever push that workout farther.
Always talk to your doctor about what level of activity is safest for you. You never want to overdo it or undo any progress you’ve made with existing health issues. Your doctor can help you to know what your limitations are so you can honor them.