Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Exercise After 50: How to Prevent Injury

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Q. Glen, I am 50 and starting a exercise program , how can I prevent injury

A. Starting a new workout regimen in middle age can lead to injury, particularly if you've been sedentary for a while.

Certain sports injuries are more common in people over age 50. These include muscle strains to the neck, back, shoulder, knee, and ankle. These areas may be rigid from infrequent use or they may be weakened by conditions such as osteoporosis.

To help prevent injuries, Barnes-Jewish St. Peter's Hospital recommends you:

  • Stand on one leg for up to 30 seconds to build muscle strength and improve balance.
  • Warm up for at least 10 minutes before exercising or participating in a sporting event.
  • Alternate the type of physical activities that you engage in.
  • Start a strength-training program by beginning with strength-training machines and progressing to free weights. Make sure you have expert guidance.
  • Allow time for a cooldown period after exercising, so your heart can accommodate the change.
  • Always check with your doctor before starting an exercise program.

Any personal health questions or problems mental or physical or before starting any diet or exercise program. Please consult your physician !

Wishing You Great Health!

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