Health Watch - Exercise: Nice on the Ice

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about using the recent Winter Olympics to motivate us to start or continue an exercise program. At each Olympics, the figure skaters get a lot of attention and inspire Olympic dreams in youngsters. Adults aren’t too old to take inspiration from the figure skating competition.

They may not have a chance at an Olympic medal, but women in their 40s and 50s can get a lot of benefits from ice skating. Dr. Alison Dobbie, chair of family and community medicine at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says ice skating is fun, aerobic and weight-bearing and can be a social activity without being a team sport. Starting to skate later in life shouldn’t be a problem, especially for women who participated in dancing or gymnastics when they were younger. Adult-friendly coaching can get even beginners on the ice in a short time.

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March 2010


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