Senior Citizen's Guide to Washington County Spring/Summer Edition 2017 - page 9

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strain. Be aware should you become dizzy, lightheaded
or experience any pain in your chest or heart palpitations
(fluttering in your chest). If you cannot state a simple
sentence during peak exercise, you are doing too much.
Know your limits so you don’t become sick or injured. It’s
also a good idea never to work out alone in case of an
emergency.
In older athletes, a nice cool down is essential to
prevent muscle cramps or injury. The purpose of the cool
down is the reverse of the warm-up. You want your body
to redirect the blood flow back to normal and your body
temperature to decrease, otherwise, you risk fainting.
By taking small steps toward better health, knowing
your numbers and being aware of how your body
responds to exercise, you can achieve fitness well into
your golden years.
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