When you exercise, orthopedic surgeons and the Consumer Products Safety Commission recommend that you follow these tips:

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Always wear appropriate safety gear. If you bike, always wear a bike helmet. Wear the appropriate shoes for each sport.

2. Warm-up before you exercise. That could be a moderate activity such as walking at your normal pace, while emphasizing your arm movements.

3. Exercise for at least 30 minutes a day. You can break this into shorter periods of 10 to 15 minutes during the day.

4. Follow the 10 percent rule. Never increase your program (i.e., walking or running distance or amount of weight lifted) more than 10 percent a week.

5. Try not to do the exact routine two days in a row. Walk, swim, play tennis or lift weights. This works different muscles and keeps exercise more interesting.

6. When working with exercise equipment, read instructions carefully and, if needed, ask someone qualified to help you. Check treadmills or other exercise equipment to be sure they are in good working order. If you are new to weight training, make sure you get proper information before you begin.

7. Stop exercising if you experience severe pain or swelling. Discomfort that persists should always be evaluated.

THERE ARE LOTS OF WAYS TO ENHANCE OUR QUALITY OF LIFE AS WE AGE; AND STAYING FIT IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT.


Source: U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission