Move It or Lose It!

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After dropping your dinner napkin on the floor, you nonchalantly bend down to retrieve it. Unfortunately, you experience piercing, back pain while completing this simple chore. After wincing in discomfort, you wonder when the previously simple activities in life became challenging. If you can relate to this common scenario, you’re not alone. As you age, your body becomes less flexible and more rigid. While you can’t stop the aging process, engaging in regular exercise might help you slow it down. To improve your health and restore youthful vigor to your life, consider beginning a fitness routine that includes the following three types of exercises. 

Cardiovascular Exercises 

Do you constantly feel lethargic? If your energy reserves are depleted, the last thing you likely want to do is exercise. Surprisingly, engaging in cardiovascular exercises can make you feel more alert and energetic. Besides providing you with a surge of energy, cardiovascular workouts can help you keep your heart and lungs strong and vibrant. Some fantastic, low-impact forms of cardiovascular exercise include:

  • Walking
  • Swimming
  • Spinning
  • Elliptical training

Strength-Training Moves

As you age, your muscle and bone mass diminishes. To combat these losses, you need to engage in strength-training moves regularly. To accomplish this task, you might wish to utilize the various, strength-training machines at your local gym. If you’re not a gym member, consider investing in some inexpensive, free weights. Or, make your own weights at home using soup cans or water bottles filled with sand.

Stretching Exercises

Besides muscle and bone mass, your flexibility declines as you age. To keep your joints and muscles supple, strive to complete a few, simple stretches daily. Yoga, Pilates, and tai chi all provide gentle, beneficial stretching movements.

Regardless of your age, beginning a regular exercise program can be life changing. If you’re an exercise newbie, consider adding the aforementioned, three workouts to your new routine. Before beginning any type of exercise program, consult with your doctor.


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