It’s vital that seniors take part in strength training. When we’re young, we don’t have to worry much about muscle mass and our bones, but as we get older, both of these start to change. Our muscles start to get weaker and our bodies, if they don’t receive enough calcium, can become brittle. This makes it easier for them to break for no reason at all. When we strength-train, even with a couple of dumbbells, this is helping to re-gain the muscle mass that we have lost. Take it back and you will always feel strong!
By their very nature, typical kettleball exercises build strength and endurance, especially in the shoulders, lower back and legs. They also improve gripping strength. Basic movements in a typical kettleball exercise routine, movements such as the swing, snatch, or clean and jerks, involve the entire body at once, and in a way which closely mimics manual labor, such as shoveling or farm work.
The kind of exercise that older adults should try to do on a regular basis is cardiovascular exercise. This form of exercise will help to reduce blood pressure and improves the functioning of the heart and the rest of the circulatory system. The increased cardiovascular fitness also helps to improve the older adults’ gait. This means walking, jogging, stair climbing, running, or cycling for at least thirty minutes each day is recommended for older adults to help preserve their mobility.
There are many other benefits of aerobic exercise for older adults. Physical activity and exercise will help older adults feel good about themselves because they will be burning more calories than they are currently consuming through their diet and regular activities. The exercise will also help the older adults to maintain their weight loss program by keeping their body energized. Finally, participating in some form of exercise will improve their mental well-being because it releases endorphins – the same feel-good neurotransmitters that are released during times of extreme happiness or excitement. If you’re an older adult who needs to begin an exercise program to help you stay fit and healthy then you should start with a thirty-minute walk a few times a week either in the morning or in the evening.
Health magazines and health talk shows are always talking about body fat and how it correlates with BMI (Body Mass Index.) The body mass index determines if we are underweight, overweight, average, healthy, overweight or obese. If you do not want to go to the doctor to find this out, using a body fat caliper is just as useful. This is a tool that measures your body fat without feeling anxious in a doctor’s office.
Research has shown, that when people walk after dinner, this lowers their blood sugar. George Washington University researchers studied people over 60 whose blood sugar was elevated but they did not have diabetes. When they walked briskly for 15 minutes, their blood sugar was lower from when they started. This helps the insulin in your body work more effectively. And, walking helps to strengthen the muscles all throughout your body.
This type of passive exercise may sound a bit too good to be true, but for some individuals it may be a true blessing. Consider patients with multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s Disease, or even osteoarthritis who are unable to commit to a regimen of regular exercise. These patients would benefit greatly from the muscle toning and conditioning attributed to whole body vibration.
What 70 Plus Years Have Taught Me About Health and Fitness takes us far away from the ‘good old days’ when older people were advised to have a much more sedentary lifestyle. Gone are the days when we were told to just sit back and relax, while basically avoiding exercise as if it were stress. Of course, now we know that this is a mistake and that regular exercise and keeping healthy is a great way to reduce stress.
These simple exercises using muscle contraction to help keep your muscles active and toned. The best part is that aside from a towel, they require virtually no equipment, and also take up very little space to complete. Whether you are an athlete, into professional body building, or just trying to get in a good workout at the office, these Isometric Exercises are perfect to fit into a busy day.
I believe that any exercise is progress towards your overall goals. Start off slow, using these exercises as a supplement for when you cannot get to the gym, or just do not have the time for a full workout. You will be surprised at the amount of strength and fat loss you can accomplish right from behind your desk!
The combination of concentric and eccentric muscle contractions, which occur during Isometric Exercise, will help strengthen the head and neck.