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Published on October 08, 2015

Staying Active and Informed at Every Age

Grandfather and grandson having fun

Grandfather and grandson having funAs you grow older, physical activity becomes more important than ever. Regular exercise helps to boost energy, enhance mobility and manage symptoms of chronic illness or pain. It can even reverse some of the symptoms of aging. Staying active is not only good for your body, it’s also good for your mind, mood and memory.

Yet if you’ve never exercised before (or are out of the habit), you may not know where to begin. Here are a few tips to help get you moving in the right direction.

Tip #1: Make exercise a regular part of your day. When physical activity becomes an everyday habit, just like brushing your teeth, you’ll be less likely to stop and will find it easier to begin again after an interruption.

Tip #2: Make it easy. If exercise is difficult, costs too much, or is too inconvenient, you probably won’t do it. Make it easy on yourself by keeping 2-pound weights next to your easy chair so you can do some lifting while watching TV or walk up and down the soccer field during your grandchild’s game.  

Tip #3: Seize everyday opportunities. Choose to be active in many places, and in many ways. Take a few extra trips up and down the stairs at home to strengthen your legs and build endurance. While standing in line, practice your balancing skills by standing on one foot for a few second, then the other. When unloading groceries, strengthen your arms by lifting the milk carton a few times before putting it away.

Tip #4: Make it social. Many people agree that having an “exercise buddy” keeps them going. Enlist the help of a friend, family member, neighbor or co-worker. Need help? Join a walking club or an aerobics class at a nearby community or senior center.

Tip #5: Stay informed about your medical coverage. Healthcare plans change every year and many Medicare Advantage plans include gym memberships, so don’t forget to review your medical plan and Medicare updates annually. To learn more about recent changes, attend one of our upcoming Medicare Plans Information Sessions.  

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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