Senior Citizen's Guide to Cleveland Spring/Summer 2016 - page 9
When exercising outdoors, wear comfortable
clothing and shoes. If you are going outside, dress for
the elements. Wear sunglasses and a hat along with
sunscreen on hot sunny days, as elderly skin is more
prone to sunburn. Stay hydrated and drink plenty of
fluids before, during and after exercise. Dehydration is
not always obvious in older persons.
For more active seniors who jog, swim or ride bikes,
you should always warm up first to prevent muscle
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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