Monday, July 16, 2012

Tips for Safe Physical Activity

Tips for Safe Physical Activity for Older Adults

Physical activity is good for your health at every age. If you have never been active, starting regular physical activity now may improve your strength, endurance, and flexibility.

Starting Regular Physical Activity

Being active can help you live on your own for a longer time and lower your chance of getting type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease, and colon cancer.

Safe Physical Activity 

Whatever activity you choose, follow the safety tips below:
  • Ask your health care provider about ways you can safely increase the amount of physical activity you do now.
  • Take time to warm up, cool down, and stretch.
  • Start slowly and build up to more intense activity.
  • Stop the activity if you experience pain, dizziness, or shortness of breath.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • When you are active outdoors, wear lightweight clothes in the summer and layers of clothing in the winter.
  • Wear sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat for sun protection.
  • Wear shoes that fit well and are right for your activity.
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