As we age, it can become increasingly difficult to maintain a consistent fitness level.  It is likely that our metabolism will start to slow down and we may start to experience more muscle pain or arthritis, which can be very frustrating. If you are having trouble getting in shape or are finding it hard to meet your weight loss goal, these tips may help you develop and achieve a healthy fitness plan.

It is important to set small goals that are attainable. While it is motivating to have a long-term goal, make sure you also set smaller goals along the way. Using the SMART acronym (from can help. Your goals should be: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-bound.

Cardio workouts can often be more challenging for older adults. AARP Fitness Ambassador and tennis great Martina Navratilova suggests strength training for older adults because it helps rebuild muscle mass and is a good calorie burner. Go slowly at first and try not to over exert yourself. Working too hard can lead to serious injuries. If you are living with a disability, work with a physical therapist or a trainer. Having the advice of your physician is always a good idea no matter your starting fitness level.

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