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Prevent Injuries in Seniors: Warm Up

An active exercise program is essential to maintain good health … for everyone. Exercising should be a part of your daily routine whether you are 10, 20, 40, or 60. Regular exercise is proven to lead to better long-term health.

For seniors, ages 60 and up, an active lifestyle can increase your chances of longevity. But before starting any daily exercise routine, it is important for everyone, seniors in particular, to remember to warm up. This helps to prevent injuries in seniors who may otherwise be more prone to experiencing.

Warm up exercises help to stimulate blood flow, to prepare your body for the elevated exercise that is to follow, and to help reduce the risk of injury while exercising. Check out the following examples of warm up exercises to help you start your daily routine off right:

1) Walking – Start by walking in place for 5 to 10 minutes. This helps to gently raise your heart rate and breathing before beginning more strenuous exercise.

2) Bicycle Riding – Hop on your stationary bicycle for 5 to 10 minutes if you are not into walking in place. Maintain your pace to ensure a proper warm up.

3) Rowing – Either stationary or actually on the water, use this warm up exercise to increase blood flow, while using your arm and leg muscles.

4) Stretching – Take care to do slow, thorough movements, to build flexibility and to avoid muscle injury.

Get more stretching tips for seniors from Capitol Rehab of Arlington.

Learn more about the benefit of these activities at LiveStrong.com.

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