Exercise After 60: What to Discuss With Your Doctor

It's never too late to start an exercise program.

Whether you're newly retired and looking for a meaningful way to spend your time or you're just looking to put a little more pep into your step, exercising after age 60 is more than possible -- it's great for your health!

As we age, our bodies start to wear down, it's true. As much as 65% of people over age 60 report bouts of dizziness or a lack of balance, sometimes on a daily basis. Regular exercise can help you improve your strength and balance.

Yet one out of every 10 baby boomers says they're only physically active a few days a month. Before you leap into any kind of fitness regime, it's a good idea to talk with local doctors to make sure you're ready for whatever level of activity you have in mind.

It's easy enough: simply schedule an appointment at the nearest walk in clinic and be ready to answer -- and ask -- a few questions. If you're new to sport or exercise, here are a few things you'll want to discuss with a doctor:

  • Do you have any history of heart trouble?
  • Do you ever experience joint pain or arthritis?
  • Do you have diabetes?
  • Are you a smoker?
  • Do you have high blood pressure or high cholesterol?

There's no such thing as a "wrong" answer. Be honest with your doctor about your medical history and your current levels of activity. They'll make recommendations about how to start out with your new exercise program in order to make sure that you play safe and avoid undue injury.

A short visit to the walk in clinic could save you a lot of trips to the emergency room later. It's estimated that six out of 10 baby boomers will suffer from a chronic medical condition by the year 2030. Staying fit and active now could prevent a lot of common problems associated with heart conditions, such as your blood pressure and cholesterol levels, type 2 diabetes, and more.

If there's one reason to talk with a doctor at a walk in clinic today, it's to ensure you'll be able to walk out of one for years to come.