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Senior Exercises

Tips for Success

If your exercise program is a success, you'll improve your odds of staying out of a nursing home. Even moderate exercise can reverse the effects of aging if you do it consistently. But, most people find it hard to do. Here are some tips for success.

Starting your fitness program ...

Doing your exercises ...

Taking care of your body ...

Many people say they would exercise — if they could just find the time. But, to gain the benefits of exercise, make it your top priority, then try to find the time to do everything else. Remember, if you aren't physically active, eventually you won't be able to do many of the things you want to do.

But, if you miss a day or so, don't make a big deal of it. Relax and enjoy your day (days) off. In fact, some people recommend taking a week-long vacation from your exercises every 6 months or so. Reward yourself with some well-deserved time off for a job well-done.

For more information about senior exercises, an excellent online "booklet" has been prepared by the National Institute on Aging and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The booklet includes a drawing (some are animated) for each exercise showing how to do it properly. To go to the booklet, click on Senior Exercises.

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