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Dr. Norris Fox
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Exercise For Seniors (Overview)

Exercise for seniors is an important part of healthy living improving cardiovascular, mental, and bone health. The NIH senior health website is a great resource.


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What are some low impact exercise for seniors?

What are some low impact exercise for seniors?

Low impact: Aquatics, body weight, or resistance bands/ tubing biking, and/or elliptical. Aquatics allow you to perform body weight exercises, but being in water actually reduces the stress on your body due to buoyancy. Once you are able to perform body weight activities then look to add light resistance w/ bands/ tubing. ...Read more

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Dr. Norris Fox
17 doctors shared insights

Exercise For Seniors (Overview)

Exercise for seniors is an important part of healthy living improving cardiovascular, mental, and bone health. The NIH senior health website is a great resource.


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What are the best exercise plans for seniors?

What are the best exercise plans for seniors?

Exercise for seniors: It is best for seniors to check with their physician before launching a program of excercies. Many of us jump in too fast, over-do it, and fail. Remember it is a gradual, cumulative benefit; needn't rush, be consistent most of all. Water based exerc is good for old joints and muscles, swim, water aerobics, "walking." weight training done right is great, keep u out of wheelchair and active. ...Read more

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Docs, what's a good exercise program for seniors interested in weight loss and general fitness?

Docs, what's a good exercise program for seniors interested in weight loss and general fitness?

Walk: A good exercise program for seniors is walking. Start slow in distance and pace and gradually increase both over a period of weeks to avoid overuse injuries.Remember to stretch hamstrings, quads, and calf muscles before and after u walk. Adding some basic sit- ups and push-ups to this will add core and upper body strength. Best of Luck! ...Read more

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Improving Foot Health (Checklist)

Inspect your feet daily
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Dry well between the toes after shower or bath
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Avoid putting creams or ointments between your toes
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I heard exercise improves memory in seniors. How?

I heard exercise improves memory in seniors. How?

Blood flow: By increasing blood flow to the brain and thereby increasing oxygenation and metabolism, memeory can improve. I would also add that there may be benefit from improved mood and overall increased vitality. The other benefit is that as you increase exercise, you are more engaged and less bored, this improves memory as well. There are probably other reasons such as hormones, etc but those r basics. ...Read more

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Muscle pain after exercise. Do you think it's okay to start another long and senior exercise session?

Muscle pain after exercise. Do you think it's okay to start another long and senior exercise session?

See your doctor: These symptoms can only be adequately diagnosed only after a thorough evaluation by your doctor. This may include labs and other satudies. Once all of the information is in, your doctor can let you know what's going on, and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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Improving Heart Health (Checklist)

Find an activity you enjoy, and do it daily for at least 20 minutes
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Intensify workouts by doing max intensity for 2 min, every 5-10 min
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Leg pains and muscle spasms in hip. Am i overdoing senior exercise class?

Leg pains and muscle spasms in hip. Am i overdoing senior exercise class?

Possibly: If you are exercising and having acute pain while doing the exercises, you may need to rethink this activity. Also if you have severe pain or prolonged pain the next day after exercise you may be overdoing it. Talk to your doctor about it. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more


Dr. Ronald Goldman
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Seniors' Health (Definition)

Seniors' health refers to the issues surrounding healthy living for older adults, and the health problems that are ...Read more