For any age, regular exercise is one of the best things you can do to stay
healthy. As people get older, chronic injuries and health problems may
become more limiting in terms of how much and what types of activity are best.
Before starting a new exercise routine, it is wise to see a physician for
a general physical. Always tell your doctor if you have chest pain, shortness
of breath, excessive fatigue, dizziness, poor balance, or painful and
A combination of resistance training, cardio fitness, balance and mobility
exercise, and movement for fun is typically best to keep your body progressing
and to avoid injury.
Over 50, certain health problems may be more relevant. Osteoporosis, arthritis,
cardiac or respiratory issues, can all be difficult to manage on your
own. But, exercise in the right quantity and intensity can be very helpful
for even the most severe health conditions. It can be helpful to talk
to a Sports Medicine Physician and/or sports-oriented Physical Therapist
to help determine an "exercise prescription."
It can be beneficial to find a workout partner, set short- and long-term
goals, schedule regular workouts, warm up, cool down, and have fun. The
most important thing is to find something you enjoy and do it on a regular
basis. According to the American College of Sports Medicine, "Exercise
Dr. Adam Rivadeneyra, sports medicine doctor with
Hoag Orthopedic Institute