Updated: 8:19 a.m. Tuesday, May 8, 2012 | Posted: 5:20 p.m. Monday, May 7, 2012
By Cindy Kranz
Dr. Sean Convery, medical director of Miami Hospital Sports Medicine Center, offers these tips for baby boomers:
• Always check with your primary care physician before starting an exercise program, especially if you’ve been inactive.
• Pick something that you like to do, and pick an exercise partner.
• Choose sensible activities and don’t overdo it in the beginning. If you’ve never been a runner, don’t start out running. Go with an elliptical or stair machine or get on a walking program and then build up to that. If you try to do things that are beyond your capabilities in the beginning, you’ll fail, get hurt or feel bad, and will then stop doing the activity.
• If you have arthritis or other health issues, then pick things that are more user friendly.
• Start slowly. If you haven’t done anything or certain activities in 20 years, don’t expect to go back to the level you were doing 20 years ago. You’ve got to build up to that.
• Don’t ignore warning signs. If you experience chest pains or any signs of a cardiac event while exercising, stop immediately and call 911. If you’re totally wiped out, can’t catch your breath or can’t get up and move the next day, then you’re overdoing it.