Timeless Fitness Tip
Just Get Moving
Exercise can increase life expectancy by improving circulation, lowering blood pressure, and reducing overall risks. So... No matter what the activity is, just get moving and keep moving as long as you can.
Moving is the key - not so much how you're moving. Gardening, walking the mall, house work, those all count as exercise! Chasing the kids around, playing in the park, raking the leaves, running errands...
Exercise programs designed for younger adults may not be appropriate for people over 50. A well-designed program includes activities that begin slowly and include flexibility, strength, and cardiorespiratory exercises that are age appropriate.
You may need to undertake variations of traditional exercises (such as sitting while exercising versus standing) for joint, muscular, or skeletal problems.
During exercise, the target heart rate should not exceed 120 beats per minute except in exceptionally fit adults such as runners. You should discontinue exercise at the first sign of pain or discomfort.
A physical examination including a stress cardiogram, a blood pressure check, and an evaluation of joint functioning is recommended for older adults starting an exercise program after being sedentary or with a family history of heart problems.
When you need an instant recharge, this series of steps, designed to help you restore a sense of well being to your body and mind, can work wonders.
- BODY. Sit or stand with feet hip-width apart. Press down through feet and lengthen up through spine. Relax shoulders; draw in the navel.
- BREATHE. Gaze at a point straight ahead. Breathe through the nose, inhale to a count of 4; pause; exhale to a count of 4. Repeat 3 times.
- SPIRIT. Mentally express gratitude for a clear mind and a healthy body, gifts that many of us take for granted.
See also: Get Moving! Moves to Lose
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