Seniors Most Likely to Exercise

SCHILLER PARK, Ill., Sept. 15 (UPI) — A U.S. fitness company says those most likely to exercise are those age 65 and older.

Experts at Life Fitness — a designer and manufacturer of exercise equipment — conducted a survey that indicates people age 65 and older are the age group more likely than any other to exercise daily.

The Life Fitness experts suggest older adults exercise more because activity helps eliminate joint aches and pains, improve balance and flexibility and minimize chances of falling.

However, those who want to begin exercising, need to get clearance from their personal physician and find a program that accommodates their personal needs, Life Fitness experts say.

Other recommendations for those starting a fitness program include:

– Work within your physical limitations. For example, try walking on the treadmill at a speed of 3 miles per hour and work up to 30 minutes. Gradually increase the speed every week or for an extra boost try increasing the incline

– Be sure to take it easy when venturing into new activities. Ask the instructor/trainer there to help provide the safest, most effective workout for modifications, if needed.

– Overcome the “muscle” mental block. No one is too old to do strength training to help improve bone density, reduce osteoporosis, control weight and increase energy, balance and self-confidence.

No survey details were provided.

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