Overcoming obstacles: You may find yourself facing emotional obstacles to exercise as well as physical obstacles if you haven’t exercised in a long time, or if you never exercised before. Many people feel self-conscious about their bodies or discouraged by having to start over after an illness or injury. Seniors may be afraid of falling or otherwise injuring themselves. Try to focus on enjoying the exercise as much as possible, instead of on mobility, health, or medical issues. Don’t be discouraged if it seems very difficult at first. It takes about a month to develop a new habit, and it will get easier if you stick with it. <
Because she was committed to being, as she called it, “a young senior,” Francine didn’t miss a day of exercise. Her exercise peddler was light and portable, so she was able to bring it with her on visits to friends and family. Everyone supported her success and cheered her on as she became more stable and energetic.
Within a few months, her doctor gave her an excellent report, telling Francine she’d taken years off her gait and posture with the gentle, low impact exercise. As both a reward and a new challenge, Francine and her husband celebrated with a golf vacation. Francine played every day, and credits Drive’s exercise peddler with, “getting her blood moving again.”
With some guidance, Francine followed these steps to start using it:
Safety: Getting medical clearance from a doctor, physical therapist, or other health care professional, is always the first step in starting any exercise routine. They can advise you about appropriate activities for your mobility level or medical situation. Always stay hydrated, listen to your body, and stop exercising if you experience pain, discomfort, nausea, dizziness, lightheaded, chest pain, irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, or clammy hands. If, like Francine, your mobility has become somewhat limited, start slowly and gradually increase the activity level.