Frank Mikulka's

Weekly Fitness Tip

September 28, 2003

I am an older adult male, 61 years old and was advised to begin an exercise program including weight lifting. Will this do me any good? And what precautions should I take? (Carl from Smithtown)

Before beginning any exercise program, you should have a doctor’s approval and that means taking a physical. All the components of any exercise program should progress slowly: Walk, crawl and run.

Your cardio should include something as simple as walking on a treadmill and as you improve your cardio fitness, any aerobic activity is appropriate depending on your state of health—use your head.

Weight training is excellent for you as long as you don’t suffer from orthopedic problems or arthritis. You should keep the weights light and do 10-15 repetitions per exercise. A trainer can help you with a beginning routine. Also, add flexibility exercises, do them slowly and controlled.

Try a senior workout program like Silver Sneakers at the Hollywood Atrium Club. You can take a class which is small enough to give you personal attention regarding your fitness level; in other words do the exercises sitting or standing. Enjoy the social interaction and improve your life quality. This type of program is usually covered by your health insurance. It is better to join senior fitness classes than to pay a doctor.

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