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

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Staying active increases energy and helps you keep in shape. (Image: 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.

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.

Tip

Staying active as you age also plays a role in keeping your brain sharp, according to the ACSM. Regular exercise can affect such age-related cognitive issues as slow reaction time and slow decision making.

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