Getting more active as you age is an important step to maintaining or improving your health and wellbeing, but it’s important to do it safely.

Before starting an exercise program, check with your doctor first what activities are suitable and which you should avoid, especially if you have a preexisting condition. 

Consider health concerns. Keep in mind how your ongoing health problems affect your workouts. For example, diabetics may need to adjust the timing of medication and meal plans when setting an exercise schedule.

Always consider how your activities may impact your health and wellbeing. For instance will an exercise class impact your medication timings or meal schedule, which is especially important for diabetics.

Listen to your body. Exercise should not hurt or make you feel unhappy. 

Stop exercising immediately if you feel dizzy or short of breath, break out in a cold sweat, or experience pain. If you develop chest pain or a blood pressure change pressure, call your doctor. If you regularly experience pain or discomfort after exercising, try exercising for less time but more frequently throughout the day.

If you haven’t been active in a while, starting slow and build up your stamina steadily. If you’re concerned about falling or have an ongoing heart problem, start with easy chair exercises to slowly increase your fitness and confidence.