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Boomers: Tips on How to Exercise Safely
Date:6/22/2009

ROSEMONT, Ill., June 22 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As the weather gets warmer, people often get motivated to spend more time outdoors. Whether it's working on projects around the house, playing with the grandkids at the park or out exercising, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) stresses important that baby boomers remember their bodies are not as young as they used to be and not overdo it.

In 2008, more than 166,000 people between the ages of 45 and 64 were treated in emergency rooms, clinics and doctors' offices for injuries related to exercise and exercise equipment, according to the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission.

"Baby boomers have become increasingly active as they age and orthopaedic surgeons think this trend will continue," says Ray Monto, MD, spokesperson for the AAOS. "One thing to keep in mind is that when you are 50, you may injure your body more easily than when you were 20. Joints, tissues and muscles may not be as flexible as they used to be. So as boomers age, they should take extra steps to protect themselves from injuries when exercising." Dr. Monto adds, "a little extra stretching before and after exercise, for example, goes a long way."

The AAOS offers the following tips to help boomers prevent exercise-related injuries:

  • Check with your doctor before beginning any exercise program. A physician will make sure your heart is in good condition and can make recommendations based on your current fitness level. This is especially important if you have had a previous injury.
  • Always warm up and stretch before exercising. Cold muscles are more likely to get injured, so warm up with some light exercise fo
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SOURCE American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
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