Turning Back the Clock
Timeless Fitness Tip
Research points to the positive impact physical activity can have on the lives of older adults. Staying active as we age can aid in preventing the onset of diseases such as heart disease, and controlling other conditions such as arthritis and diabetes.
But while we all understand the health benefits, what if you haven't exercised for years - or ever?
A six-month program of moderate exercise - including walking, jogging, or using a Body Rider Stationery Bike four to five times a week - turned back the cardiovascular fitness clock 30 years for a group of middle-aged men. The aerobic exercise allowed them to boost their aerobic performance by 15-percent - to a point about equal to their fitness level at age 20.
Free weights are a highly recommended way to build strength and stamina not only for the elderly, but for those of all ages. You get a mental boost as well as physical improvements.
Balance exercises help prevent falls. Some balance exercises build up your leg muscles; others require you to do simple activities like briefly standing on one leg.
The men started out exercising twice a week for 15 minutes, then gradually increased their activity each week so that at six months, they were exercising about one hour a day, four to five days a week - and all said they were feeling great.
Note: After 40, our production of growth hormone decreases; this is vital for muscle, bone and tendon strength for exercise efficiency and injury prevention, as well as making your body use fat reserves as a primary fuel source. Consider an HGH supplement; we strongly recommend GenF20 HGH.
See also: What Exercise Can Do For You
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