All of us know that exercise helps to keep us more active and healthy. According to a recent study of 900 seniors who were about 80 years old, the most active among them had the lowest risk of dying, compared to the least active in that group.

However, if you are an active senior, it IS possible to be too active in some cases.

Exercises to Avoid

If you have some medical conditions, some exercises may be too much for you. For example, if you have severe osteoporosis, you have brittle bones that are easy to break. In this case, you should avoid most higher impact activities or ones that have a lot of twisting and turning.

Some of the exercises that may not be good choices in this case are riding bikes, running and tennis. You may want to try other exercises such as water aerobics or yoga. If you decide to do water aerobics or jogging, try our Aqua-Jogger Active Water Exercise Pack:

You should consult with your doctor and discuss your health conditions to decide how much exercise is appropriate for you.

How to Stay Safe When Exercising?

Whatever exercise that you choose, here are some important tips to remember:
  • Pace yourself and be sure to rest after you engage in higher intensity exercises.
  • If you feel any kind of pain when you work out, you should stop. Remember that exercise should be a challenge but it should not hurt.
  • Do not exercise if it is too cold or hot. If the outdoor conditions are extreme, move your workouts indoors.
  • Drink water. Dehydration is especially risky for seniors.
  • If your exercise routine is disrupted due to an illness or another reason, be sure to ease reasonably back into it.
  • Pay attention to what your body says. If you are too tired or sore to work out, it is ok to rest and heal.