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Begin an exercise program!

As you age, it is important to stay fit. Exercise helps you look and feel younger and stay active longer. Regular physical activity lowers your risk for several conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, certain types of cancer, and high blood pressure.

Before beginning an exercise routine, consult your doctor.

Begin with stretching - Stretching reduces stress, increases flexibility, increases circulation and is important to any exercise program. Stretching should not be uncomfortable. If doing it correctly you should feel resistance without pain.

Endurance training- This includes walking, jogging, dancing, swimming, biking, hiking or anything that gets your heart beating faster and breathing heavier. The correct amount of endurance should not be difficult but you should be breathing heavier. If you are unable to talk during endurance training, then you are probably exerting too much energy and can scale back. Once you have built up your endurance, you can begin to do more at a faster speed.

Strength training- Remember when doing strength training to start with light weights or no weight at all and gradually progress. You should be able to complete 2 sets of 10 repetitions with good form before you increase your weight.

Remember that the key to being effective with exercise is to be consistent!