New research confirms the need for older adults to maintain a regular exercise plan. According to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, exercise in a guided individual setting or with a group can prevent falls in adults who are at risk.

Falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths in older adults in the United States, which is why it’s so important to take steps to protect yourself.

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If it’s been some time since you’ve had a regular exercise routine, it can be intimidating to jump back in. Use the below suggestions to help.

  • Always check with your doctor before you begin a new exercise program.
  • Set realistic goals that are personally meaningful. What is right for you may not be right for the next person. Think about something you wish you could do, such as making it to the top of a steep hill in your neighborhood or starting to use light dumbbells to increase upper body strength, and go from there.
  • Form a plan to achieve your goal. Start small, and push yourself a little further each time. Research shows that if you have a plan, you are more likely to make it a priority.
  • Make exercise an everyday priority, even if it’s just 10 to 15 minutes at the beginning. Small changes can have a big impact.
  • Use the buddy system. Staying active with a buddy or attending a class with others gives you social support that can help you stick with your plan.
  • Wear shoes that are comfortable and fit properly. Look for rubber-soled, slip-resistant styles that have ample toe room. If you have trouble bending down to tie your shoe, opt for Velcro styles instead of laces.
By Blair Klayko