As we age we run into many of the same challenges. Our workouts are not as vigorous as they used to be, or we do not have the stamina for as prolonged a workout. If you have never been in the habit of working out you will find yourself stiffening at the joints, having lower back pain, just a general slowing down and feeling old.
Does it have to be like that? Can you exercise your way to the fountain of youth and vitality? Yes you can. Your age does not matter in the least. An 80-year-old woman can workout just like any 20-yea- old man and meet his or her own goals.
At 20 we all want six-pack abs and rock-hard gluts. We want to feel and be seen as sexy and desirable. We want people of the same sex to look at us and be jealous. All of this is to make ourselves feel better about who and what we are. There is nothing wrong with that. When was the last time an attractive woman told you she would rather be with a guy that is flabby and weak over a strong man? Never!
When you are 50-60, or older, you start to worry about your daily
mobility, heart attacks and how to prevent them, and living
independently for as long as possible. Rock-hard abs gives way to
wanting less sag, getting awesome oblique’s gives way to wanting less low back pain.
The truth is that the six-pack abs and decreased back pain and sag start with the same type of exercise: A sound abdominal workout that emphasizes full flexion, extension, and transverse movement during the routine. Where the two goals differ is the intensity and resistance used.
It is never too late to start a workout routine. At any age you should consult your doctor or an Exercise Kinesiologist. You want to make sure you are doing the right exercises and doing them correctly.
Someone who is in the 20-40 age range and has been working out should be able to continue with their crunches, reverse crunches, etc. If you have reached a plateau and have not gotten the six-pack abs that you want, try my e-book “Firm and Flatten Your Abs” or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for some personal tips and help to get back on track.
If you are in your later years (50-100+), then you will want to start off a little slower. You will want to try using isometric exercises. Your main goal will be to re-energize yourself through movement. Actual weight resistance will have to wait until you have regained some of the muscle tone lost over the years. Regaining this muscle tone is very important if you are worried about continued mobility late into life.
If you want to avoid a wheelchair, you will have to get off of the
Start out by walking as often as possible. Start slowly; make sure you stretch your legs first. Do some toe touches (or knee touches if you can’t get all the way down). Do the same stretches after you walk also. Walk around the block the first week, double that the next week. The third week, walk three blocks or go back to just one block, but walk twice as fast.
Do not worry about walking only. Raise your arms above your head and hold them there for 10 seconds and repeat. If you have lower back pain, then you should try tightening your abdominal muscles slightly, hold for 10 seconds, release and breathe deeply, and then try again. You should not ignore the benefits of yoga or Thai Chi for loosening and toning unused muscles. I have a bonus report on Yoga on the site. There are over 40 exercises at http://atozfitness.com/goto/flattenyourabs for you to choose from.
No matter what your age is, exercise is one of the truest paths to the
fountain of youth. Exercise as an anti-aging force is something that can not be disputed. The increase in energy and blood flow that also increases your chances of life long mobility and independence is more than worth the effort.
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