Get Back On Your Feet—Tips For Running At Any Age

(NAPSI)—Running can seem like a daunting workout no matter your age. It takes an impressive amount of dedication to run long distances. However, 66-year-old Barbara McGirr did not let that deter her. Starting at the age of 62, <span class=”SpellE”>McGirr</span> set her sights on completing her first half marathon. After only six months of training and a lot of hard work, she achieved that goal.

Taking advantage of the free fitness membership she received through the <span class=”SpellE”>SilverSneakers</span> program offered by her Medicare plan, <span class=”SpellE”>McGirr</span> started her training by walking to build up endurance. From there she started running small increments and gradually increased over time to reach her ultimate goal. Now, even after retirement, <span class=”SpellE”>McGirr</span> continues to compete in 4K and 5K races.

Her inspiring fitness journey was recently recognized by <span class=”SpellE”>SilverSneakers</span> as she was named the national winner of the <span class=”SpellE”>SilverSneakers</span> Richard L. Swanson Inspiration Award, which honors older adults who improve their health through fitness. Running has greatly improved <span class=”SpellE”>McGirr’s</span> quality of life, and she shares that it helps keep her body and mind in shape.

If you are interested in running and improving your health, <span class=”SpellE”>SilverSneakers</span> offers the following tips:

<strong style=”mso-bidi-font-weight:normal”>• Talk with your doctor:</strong> You’re never too old to start running, but it’s always good to check with your doctor before beginning a new exercise routine.

<strong style=”mso-bidi-font-weight:normal”>• Get the proper gear:</strong> Invest in a good pair of shoes. Consider getting fitted at an athletic store to keep your feet comfortable.

<strong style=”mso-bidi-font-weight:normal”>• Start slow:</strong> Start with brisk walks and then slowly transition to running. Running for one minute, then walking for one minute is a great way to build stamina.

<strong style=”mso-bidi-font-weight:normal”>• Set manageable goals:</strong> Take it easy at first and listen to your body. If running a longer distance is your goal, work up to it gradually—walking for a few weeks, then intervals of jogging and walking. Before you know it, you’ll be running with ease.

<strong style=”mso-bidi-font-weight:normal”>• Don’t skip the <span class=”SpellE”>cooldown</span>:</strong> Always cool down with a slow walk and lots of stretching to reduce recovery time.

<span class=”SpellE”>SilverSneakers</span> partners with more than 13,000 participating fitness locations and wellness centers, giving members access to the site’s basic amenities, including weights, treadmills, pools, etc., as well as specialized <span class=”SpellE”>SilverSneakers</span> exercise classes led by certified <span class=”SpellE”>SilverSneakers</span> instructors. The program is offered at no additional charge through the nation’s leading Medicare Advantage plans, Medicare Supplement carriers and group retiree plans.

For more information, to check eligibility or enroll, visit <a href=”http://www.silversneakers.com/”>www.silversneakers.com</a>.

On the Net:<a href=”http://www.napsnet.com”>North American Precis Syndicate, Inc.(NAPSI)</a>

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