Get Active to Stay Healthy
Make the move to get more from life.
Start enjoying the benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle. Take the first step. Call your doctor to get the help you need to start getting more from life.
Remember: Talk to your doctor to find out what kind of exercise program is right for you.
Understand the importance of active living.
Staying active through exercise or other physical activities is important, especially for people age 65 and older. An active lifestyle can help improve conditions such as:
High blood pressure
Low back pain
Choose activities that combine wellness and fun.
It is important to choose an exercise or activity program that is safe and fun.
Look for activities that offer:
Exciting new experiences – Take a water aerobics class
Opportunities to socialize – Join a walking group
Health and wellness – Try yoga
Know the ABC’s of starting an exercise program.
Ask your doctor before you start. Your doctor can help you find a program that meets your health and lifestyle needs.
Build your tolerance gradually. Start with an activity that raises your heart rate while allowing you to have a normal conversation.
Commit to exercise at least three times a week. Add some kind of physical activity to your daily routine.
Stay motivated to make those healthy moves.
Take a deep look at how and why you want to improve your health. Do it for yourself – and for the people you love. The suggestions below can help keep you committed.
Make a list of reasons you want to stay healthy, such as playing with grandkids or staying independent
Do a light physical activity daily, such as walking to the mailbox or strolling after dinner
Remind yourself that exercise is the key to a healthy and independent lifestyle
Ask your family or friends to get together to enjoy something healthy and fun
Pledge your commitment to a program of sensible exercise and physical activity
Important: Go low! Choose low-impact activities to help reduce the risk of falls, back injury or joint problems, especially if you have arthritis. Avoid activities that involve jumping, bouncing or sudden movement.