Tips for Motivating Seniors to Exercise

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Below are some tips on ways to motivate seniors to exercise:

  1.  Educate– teach them that regular physical activity- including endurance, muscle strengthening, balance, and flexibility exercises are essential for healthy aging.
  2. Help them set realistic goals and develop an exercise plan.
  3. Create a chart, or “prescription” and make easy to understand:  type of exercise, frequency, intensity, how much time spent in each activity.  Check up with them on their progress and re-evaluate goals over time.
  4. Refer seniors to community resources such as senior fitness classes at the YMCA or other such groups.
  5. Help them connect to support groups on-line.

For more information please visit:

http://www.nia.nih.gov/Go4Life

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