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How to Get My Body in Shape at 60-Years-Old

author image Sharin Griffin
Sharin Griffin has been a freelance writer since 2009, specializing in health-related articles. She has worked in the health-care industry as a certified nursing assistant and medical technician. Griffin's medical expertise encompasses bariatrics and geriatric care, with an emphasis on general medicine. She is completing an associate degree in health-care administration from Axia University.
How to Get My Body in Shape at 60-Years-Old
Staying active increases energy and helps you keep in shape. Photo Credit: Simone Van den berg/Hemera/Getty Images

As your body ages, many changes occur with your skin, your skeletal makeup and your health. Metabolism slows, making it more difficult to lose weight and keep your body svelte. According to "The Doctors Book of Home Remedies for Seniors," many people over the age of 60 are healthier and more fit than in the past. By following healthy lifestyle habits and managing medical care, seniors are living longer and reaping the benefits of increased energy due to physical fitness.

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Step 1

Visit your physician regularly to have your cholesterol, glucose and thyroid levels checked. Tests that are necessary to follow a family history of certain diseases are important to keeping your body in good shape. Regular check-ups are an ideal way to catch problems early, as well as prevent disease.

Step 2

Exercise daily to keep your joints flexible and improve muscle tone, suggests Mary Ann Wilson, R.N., host of PBS' "Sit and Be Fit." When exercising, it is important to keep track of your personal limitations without overdoing it. Weight training, power walking or cycling are ideal exercises for increasing stamina and keeping your body toned. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends seeing what sports leagues are open to active, older adults. Many cities have programming for older adults in such sports as swimming and tennis.

Step 3

Eat a well balanced diet, consisting of fresh fruits, vegetables, low-fat dairy, whole grains and lean proteins. People over 50 should eat more servings of healthy foods while drinking eight to 10 glasses of water per day for optimal health.

Step 4

Move your muscles groups and joints slowly when exercising or performing normal day-to-day activities. According to Wilson, your comfort level will not be consistent from day-to-day. Whatever you were able to do the day before may exhaust you today. Move slowly and ensure you get plenty of rest.

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