As we approach the golden years, we begin to wonder if they’ll truly be golden. One way to combat the inevitability of getting older is to get active. Research says that running may be the best approach to getting fit and staying fit for seniors. As with any exercise routine be sure to discuss your plan with your physician before beginning. Once you’ve been given a clean bill of health, here are some helpful tips to get you going.
- Ease into it. If you haven’t exercised in years or if you’re totally new to it, start with walking. After you’ve been at it awhile then mix in some running intervals on your walks. Gradually you will be able to run for longer periods.
- Pay attention to what your body is telling you. This advice goes for runners of all ages. As a senior you’re more susceptible to injury. At the first sign of injury stop activity immediately and consult your doctor.
- Drink plenty of water. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Main times as people age they tend to drink less water. This increases the risk of dehydration. Again, don’t forget to drink plenty of water.
- Time off. Give your body some time to recover. When we age it takes longer for our bodies to bounce back from strenuous activity. Take an extra day off you need to.
- Getting the urge to race? A good way to approach this urge is to pick a training plan designed for runners of advanced age. Here are a few popular ones: WalkJogRun, Jeff Galloway’s Run Walk method, and Hal Higdon’s Senior Training.
Betty Friedan said, “Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.” We all have the opportunity each day to strengthen our mind, bodies, and souls. Get out there and make the most out of each day we are given.
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