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Aging Expert Offers Tips on How Older Adults Can Become Active in 2010
Date:12/23/2009

It's the time of year when millions of people resolve to get off the couch and into the gym. While advice on how to become active floats around the airwaves or appears in print, it's mostly aimed at a general audience. For older adults, these tips range from the helpful to the downright dangerous. To help combat this misinformation Colin Milner, CEO of The International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), the world's largest association for the senior fitness and wellness industry, has put together the following 20 tips.

Vancouver, B.C. (PRWEB) December 23, 2009 -- It's the time of year when millions of people resolve to get off the couch and into the gym. While advice on how to become active floats around the airwaves or appears in print, it's mostly aimed at a general audience. For older adults, these tips range from the helpful to the downright dangerous. To help combat this misinformation, Colin Milner, CEO of The International Council on Active Aging (ICAA), the world's largest association for the senior fitness and wellness industry, has put together the following 18 tips:

1. Get a checkup
Meet with your healthcare provider to see whether you'll need to consider any special modifications before starting an exercise program. If necessary, get a clearance to begin a program.

2. Know your options
Before starting any program, examine your options. Pick a program you know you will enjoy. Some individuals like to go to a gym and do a structured workout, while others enjoy a neighborhood walking club. Either will help improve your fitness, ability to function and quality of life-but only if you do it regularly.

3. Determine your participation style
Would you prefer taking a class or going solo? Are you a morning or night person?
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