Common Questions and Answers
About Exercise for Seniors


Am I too old to exercise?
You're never too old to exercise! Anyone at any age can benefit from regular exercise. However, as you get older, your body's capabilities and limitations may change, and it becomes increasingly important to pick safe exercises that suit your unique situation.

Should I talk to my doctor before exercising?
Yes. It is always recommended that you talk with your doctor before beginning a new exercise program. Your doctor knows your medical history and may be able to provide guidance and things that you should avoid or focus on.

What are the best types of exercises for seniors?
A good exercise program for seniors should include exercises for strength, endurance, flexibility, and balance.

What if I feel pain while exercising?
You should stop an exercise if you feel pain while doing it. Pain is your body's way of telling you that what you are doing is not working for it. You may be doing the movement too fast, incorrectly, or with too much weight, or the exercise may be putting stress on a bone, joint, or muscle that your body cannot cope with, in which case you may have to find a different exercise.

How often should seniors exercise?
Ideally you should exercise 4-5 days per week for 20-40 minutes. Some people prefer to exercise fewer days per week for a longer duration, i.e. 3 days a week for 60 minutes which is also fine. Generally, if you exercise only once or twice a week you will see less results, if any.

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