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One of the big things to remember here is that you cannot go from couch potato to senior athlete in a day a week or maybe longer.   As the article states, if you have been inactive for a length of time, you have to start gradually to build your muscles and gain back some flexibility etc before you begin training to be an athlete.

Most importantly.. if you have not done so recently, see your doctor to make sure you are in condition to begin a more strenuous exercise routine.  In other words, use common sense.

 

 


Right. It took me over two years to get back into shape. And I'm not done yet.

 

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The good news is that staying physically active can help manage or prevent many medical conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, obesity and osteoarthritis.

 

The key is avoiding total inactivity for any length of time – which can lead to loss of flexibility, strength and bone mass as well as reduced heart function. Also important is allowing time for rest and recovery and modifying your activity.

 

 

Read more here: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2014/01/stay-healthy-as-a-senior-athlete/


On of the big things to remember here is that you cannot go from couch potato to senior athlete in a day a week or maybe longer.   As the article states, if you have been inactive for a length of time, you have to start gradually to build your muscles and gain back some flexibility etc before you begin training to be an athlete.

Most importantly.. if you have not done so recently, see your doctor to make sure you are in condition to begin a more strenuous exercise routine.  In other words, use common sense.

 

That said, senior athletes can do amazing things.

 

 

 

 

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The article also give these injury preventing tips:

 

Preventing injuries

As you age, it is a matter of understanding your body’s cues and following some preventive measures.

To prevent injury, seniors should:

  • Warm up – Both a good warm-up before, and cool-down after, every activity are critical.
  • Be consistent – This includes frequency, duration and intensity of your activity.
  • Alternate days of intensity – It’s good to push yourself sometimes, but not all the time. Alternate days of more intense activity with less strenuous workouts.
  • Pay attention to the weather – Older athletes need to be mindful of temperature-related illness. Heat illness can occur because of an increased risk of dehydration, decreased sweat gland function, and impaired blood flow in response to elevated core temperatures. Medications, such as beta-blockers and diuretics, also increase risk of heat illness.
  • Eat right and stay hydrated — Maintain proper nutrition and hydration to promote good health and optimal athletic performance.

Read the entire piece: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2014/01/stay-healthy-as-a-senior-athlete/

 

 

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Minimizing and Treating Injuries

 

Aging affects multiple organ systems, from the heart and lungs to your bones and metabolism. Of all the changes, musculoskeletal issues have the most impact on the aging senior’s sport.

 

These changes include:

  • An overall decrease in muscle and bone mass
  • Stiffening of muscles
  • Weakening of tendons and cartilage

The good news is that staying physically active can help manage or prevent many medical conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, osteoporosis, obesity and osteoarthritis.

 

The key is avoiding total inactivity for any length of time – which can lead to loss of flexibility, strength and bone mass as well as reduced heart function. Also important is allowing time for rest and recovery and modifying your activity.

 

 

Read more here: https://health.clevelandclinic.org/2014/01/stay-healthy-as-a-senior-athlete/

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