We are living longer as a society, which means it is more important than ever for people to maintain a healthy lifestyle through exercise and eating habits throughout their life span. However, as we age, our bodies naturally lose some of its vitality, including muscle strength, flexibility, and endurance,

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making it harder for senior citizens to keep up the active lifestyle they once enjoyed. It is not impossible though to get back into fighting shape. Follow these tips to put that spring back in your step.

      * Ease back into it: For seniors who have been out of commission for a while or who aren’t accustomed to regular physical activity, it is important to ease back into an active routine. Doing so will help you avoid injury, soreness, or burn out – all of which could derail your fitness plan.
      * Find a buddy: Making extreme (or subtle) fitness changes is easier and often more successful when you take on the challenge with a buddy. You can serve as each other’s support network helping one another stay accountable and honest about your daily routine.
      * Set goals: Create a list of goals that you would like to achieve through your new active lifestyle. Your goals can relate to specific fitness achievements such as work up to a 30 minute walk on the treadmill. Or, you may set a goal to be able to pick up your grandchild.
      * Join a gym: Seniors looking to get active should consider joining a gym. A gym will provide you with access to high quality fitness equipment as well as staff members and personal trainers that could help guide you along in your journey towards health. Gyms use club billing programs to ensure you are invoiced for the services rendered.
      * Know your limits: Face it. You will not be able to bench press the same weight as you did in college nor will you be able to run as fast as you did in your 30s. You have a new body as a senior citizen, and you must recognize its limitations. Don’t push yourself to the point of getting hurt as that could wreck your fitness plan.
      * Reward yourself: Your new fitness routine should not be “all pain and no gain.” Give yourself a reward when you meet a fitness goal. Or give yourself the weekends off to eat whatever you are craving. Life is made of simple pleasures.

It is important to note that you should consult a doctor before introducing any new form of exercise or diet into your daily routine.

Hossein Noshirvani is the Executive Vice President for Motionsoft and is the head of Motionsoft’s marketing team. He has been involved in the health and wellness industry for over five years and has in-depth knowledge and keen insight into the industry. Motionsoft targets those gyms use club billing programs to improve their service offerings. Hossein shares his experience of working with the best and the brightest in the health and wellness industry regularly on Motionsoft’s blog: The Circuit Blog.