Exercise can help rebuild your strength and agility, relieve stress and help you maintain an optimal weight. Even light physical activity can stimulate the appetite, aid digestion and regulate bowel movements. Consult your physician or physical therapist before starting or increasing physical activity. Ask for advice on creating an individualized exercise program.
- Take it slow. Small, gradual changes will keep you motivated, keep your expectations reasonable and reduce the risk of injury.
- Walking is one of the easiest ways to stay active, and all you need is a good pair of shoes.
- Incorporate physical activity into your daily activities. Try taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking farther away or doing errands by bicycle or on foot instead of by car.
- Work out in water. The buoyancy of water makes it impossible to fall. Since water supports half of your weight, this type of exercise is also gentler on your joints.
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