By Lauren Denos: 4/29/2015 (Fitness)

Exercise is the Fountain of Youth, so Stop Using “Too Old” as an Excuse!

Too many people believe that they have to age poorly, or that it is all just downhill after a certain age, and there is nothing they can do. This is completely not true. You do not have to accept the dogma that you have to decline in health as you age. Does your body change as you get older? Sure. But that does not mean you have to accept that there is nothing you can do to stay healthy and active. There are many people who have decided as they got older to start working out, and wound up being in better health than they were in their youth.

Challenges of Getting Started

Sometimes there are challenges when getting started in your healthy process. Granted, there are challenges for anyone getting started in a workout program, not just for people when they are older.

#1 Start small and work your way up. Lifting weights is going to be a great benefit for you, but you do not need to start super heavy. Start with lighter weights and work your way up from there.

#2 Use shorter ranges of motion when needed. Sometimes when you start working out, your range of motion is not what you want it to be. This will naturally increase the more you workout, but do not force it. Do as much range of motion as possible, and then just continue to improve upon it. A good example of this is if you are doing a squat. You may not be able to get down to parallel to the ground, heck you may only be able to get a few inches into the squat, and that is fine! You are just getting going so do what you can.

#3 Do what you can. When you are just getting started, you may not be able to do an hours’ worth of exercise every day of the week. Do what you can. For you this may be 30 minutes 3 days a week, or it may be 10 minutes a day. No matter what you start at, you can build up from there.

#4 Listen to your body. This is important when you are starting a workout routine. Listening to your body is how you will keep yourself away from injury. This does not mean that you should stop exercising if you feel slightly uncomfortable, that will happen. What I mean by listening to your body is pain attention to the actual pains. Pay attention if you are getting too tired and your form is getting bad. If you are having pains, it may just a matter of changing up what exercises you are doing. Whatever you do, pay attention.

#5 Rest when you need to. Take rest days when you need to. Your body does all of its repair work when we rest. You do not want to push yourself to the point of burn out. You should have at least one day a week that is a rest day.

#6 Do a variety of weight training and cardio. They both have an important place in your routine. Weight training not only makes you stronger for your day to day activities, but it also helps keep your bones dense and strong. Cardio will help keep your lungs and heart strong – not to mention keep your blood flowing better, which increases energy and brain power.

Working out can improve your overall life at any age. It can help you lose or maintain weight, reduce the impact of illness, improve your mood, and help you live a more active enjoyable life. Stop think you are too old, exercise can help you breathe new zest back into your life. So go for it!






 

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