ST. CLOUD -- This week in our "Fitness Friday" series on WJON, find out that even though you're in your "golden years" doesn't mean you can't still stay fit.

Just because you are not an athlete anymore doesn't mean you should rule out exercise for good.

John Inkster is a Clinical Exercise Specialist at CentraCare Health. He says exercise is more beneficial to people who are not longer athletes.

"Exercise is beneficial to everyone and possibly more beneficial to those who are not the athlete, those people who don't get some sort of regular physical activity," says Inkster.

He says you don't need to train like an athlete either. Any type of exercise will help in your overall quality of life.

"If we can get those people just to move a little bit they are going to see a lot of benefits so there is no need to be an athlete," says Inkster.

Former athletes may try to push themselves back to their prime, however your body may not let you.

"People who are former athletes do tend to push themselves too much so setting a time limit in the gym should help them ease back in," says Inkster.

Inkster says exercise can also benefit the older population who may not be as active.

"We know that if they are active they have a less chance of falling and if they do fall they have less risk of injuring themselves and better chance of living an independent life," says Inkster.

He adds if you are trying to get back into shape you may face challenges but remember your long term goals.


Pickleball players get a few games in at Whitney Recreation Center. (Photo: Alex Svejkovsky, WJON News)