by Lauren Mandel
The goal for the 23rd annual National Senior Health & Fitness Day is to help keep older Americans healthy and fit. Thousands of older adults will participate in activities across the country today that will help teach them how to reach this goal.
We want to do our part to help our Medicare-eligible customers reach this goal, so we’re providing 6 tips on workout safety and the best exercises you can do during your golden years.
Focus on flexibility
As you get older, you may experience more issues with your body, specifically joint issues. The best type of exercise you can do to help manage and prevent these problems is something that focuses on flexibility. Try a low-impact yoga or Pilates class, and also be sure to stretch for at least a few minutes every day, even the days you don’t do a full workout.
Keep your heart rate up
According to the American College of Sports Medicine, seniors should continue to engage in regular aerobic exercise, even as they age. Choose a workout that boosts your heart rate to about 50 to 70 percent of your maximum heart rate. Logical aerobic fitness options include water exercises or long walks.
Put your safety first
No matter what fitness choices you make today and in the future, your safety should always come first. Whether that means wearing a helmet while bike riding, stretching properly after a strenuous workout, or staying hydrated throughout your day, you should never compromise your safety for the sake of a workout.
Make sure you have coverage
Accidents do happen, and without Medicare coverage, you could face expensive medical bills when facing an injury. You can explore your Medicare options, and find the plan combination that works best for what you need. And that way, when you’re practicing yoga or participating in a water aerobics class, you can rest easy knowing you’re financially protected.
Medicare has neither reviewed nor endorsed this information.