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Senior Fitness Tips: Get Fit Today!

As people get older, they sometimes start feeling like exercise doesn't come easy to them. They may not want to exercise at all. However, your senior years are the years that you should really get moving around! Luckily, there are some tips you can follow in order to get your body moving as you saunter into your golden years. Use these tips, and you'll feel much more fit and healthy.

Tip: You can improve your chances of sticking to your fitness routine by pre-paying for a gym membership for several months in advance. This will "lock you in", so to speak, and keep you coming back over time.

Don't think about exercise in an old-fashioned way. You may be getting older, but there's no reason to think of exercise as a boring thing you do in a gym. Anything that uses the body can be done as some kind of exercise. Even dancing is a great way to get your body in shape. Look for the kind of activities you enjoy, and make sure that you are doing them.

Tip: The best exercise programs will not only tone your body but also include exercises designed to increase flexibility. Search around your town to see what is available.

Do exercise classes with other seniors. If you do decide to head out to the gym, look for gyms that cater to people in your age range. If you can, find classes that are filled with other seniors. These classes will likely be in the range of your ability, and you don't have to feel like you're trying to keep up with people that are much younger than you are.

Tip: Don't let that scare you away from getting back in shape. Biking is also a great exercise for endurance and stamina, especially if running isn't your strong suit.

Try low-impact exercise like swimming or tai chi. As you age, you might find that you have a hard time with your knees, for example. If that applies to you, search out exercise that will not put a lot of pressure on the parts of your body that you don't want to put pressure on. Swimming is excellent for just this purpose, and there are other ways you can exercise without hurting yourself.

Tip: To keep your knees protected, you need to start to work on strengthening your thighs. Avoid the most common injury, which is torn muscles and ligaments along the back of your legs.

Work out with your grandchildren. Whenever you get a chance to see your grandchildren, get a little exercise in. The kids aren't going to criticize your technique, but more than that, they can help you to feel like you're teaching them and it can be a great time for bonding.

Tip: Try various types of exercise classes to stay motivated and excited. Mixing it up a bit gives you the opportunity to discover new classes, and find more fun ways to get fit.

Do simple weight training exercises. As you get older, you start to lose muscle. That's why you've got to make the muscles you still have stronger! Try to do some strength training once or twice a week. This can be a wonderful way to make sure that you stay strong. You don't have to lift weights that are too heavy, either; do as much as you comfortably can.

Tip: Try working out during your favorite TV show in order to keep your momentum steady. You should aim to get out off the couch and walk during commercial breaks.

Stick with it. It can be tempting to stop exercising when you get bored with it. You may find that it's more fun to do something else. But think about it: wouldn't you be happier if you are more fit and in control of your body? Being fit will pay off, you just have to get there first.

If you keep your body fit as you get older, you will find that your mind is clearer, and that you feel great. When you stay in shape, you'll discover that getting older is not as bad as you thought it would be, since your body is still working great!

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