Five Tips for Staying Active
At 80 years old, Norbert Kotzer is a great example of why it’s important to keep moving
Norbert Kotzer, 80, of West Hazleton (pictured), stays fit with regular stops at the Fitness Center at the Health & Wellness Center at Hazleton. “Norbert is a great example of the value of staying active at any age,” says Joe Stanavage, exercise physiologist at the center. “Our bodies are meant to move. They weren’t designed to be sedentary.” Stanavage offers these suggestions to people looking to get back into shape:
- Start simple – Even a few brief walks a day are a great start toward improving your conditioning.
- Join a gym – Find a place with certified experts like Stanavage who can help you reach your goals.
- Easy does it – Start slowly on treadmills, exercise bikes and ellipticals until you’re comfortable enough for more intensity.
- Don’t stop there – Strength-training exercises are also important to your overall fitness.
- Have fun – The more you enjoy your workouts, the more dedicated you’ll be.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends physical activity for maintaining a healthy weight and lowering blood pressure and cholesterol levels. “Keep moving,” Stanavage says. “It’s a big key to staying healthy.”