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s water temperature? About 84-86F is comfortable for moderate to vigorous activity, while warmer temperatures are nice for range-of-motion and relaxation programs. Ask to try various programs, so you can decide which program feels the most comfortable and fun.

9. Checkout the staff
Are the people who work in the facility friendly and interested in you? Are they qualified to work with older adults? Are they interested in helping you learn how to modify exercises to fit your fitness level and conditions? Talk to mature adults who currently participate in their programs to build a complete picture.

10. Every step counts
Wear a step counter throughout the day to count how many steps you take. Less active people tend to take about 4,000 steps or fewer per day. Aim to do 250 to 1,000 additional steps of brisk walking, until you reach 8,000 to 10,000 steps in a day.

11. Know your challenges
List things that keep you from being active and come up with a solution for each. Recognize that challenges can be overcome.

12. Wear the right shoes
Foot comfort and support is important for all impact physical activities. If you have arthritis, diabetes or orthopedic problems, you can remain physically active with the help of appropriate padded sock products and shoes.

13. If it hurts, don't do it
Work around pain, not through it.

14. Make your car work for you
Park at the outer edges of the grocery store parking lot, rather than looking for the space closest to the door. Walk up the first flight of stairs in a high-rise, rather than waiting for the elevator.

15. Follow a well-rounded program
Include all five components of a successful program: warm-up, flexibility, cardio, resistance and cooldown.

16. Reward yourself
Once you've reached your goal, treat yourself to something that reminds you what a good job you've done and encourages you to continue. Make it s

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