Q: I never exercised, but always kept active with my busy life. Lately, I’ve been having joint pain and a harder time getting around. Are there any exercises I can do to keep from gaining weight without putting too much strain on my body?
Ask an expert: Bethany Lawrence
Geriatric care manager, founder and president of Aging Excellence
A: Yes, there are many great options. I always suggest that people have a checkup with their physician before they start a new exercise regime so they know the best type and level of activity for their current health status. It also helps to bring a friend along so you can keep each other motivated. My top picks for low-impact exercises for older adults would be: swimming or water aerobics, walking (starting with short distances and increasing to 30-60 minutes per day), tai chi, cycling (stationary bike or bike paths), yoga, weight lifting and stretching. A new trend that is sweeping the country is medically-oriented gyms. They provide individualized workout routines and classes for the average member as well as specialized treatment plans for those with specific medical diagnosis. Physical exercise is the key to healthy aging. Use it or lose it!
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