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Beginners Exercise Over 50 – The Benefits

Okay so you’ve been thinking about it for a while now and finally decided you wont put it off any longer, now’s the time that you WILL start some kind of physical fitness program and start to get in shape. There may have been any number of reasons that you’ve made this decision, lose those few extra pounds, fear of being unable to remain independent in your senior years, wanting to be able to enjoy your retirement or upcoming retirement years. Whatever the reason you’ve made one of the best decisions you’ve ever made in our life. Here are just a few of the best reasons to commit yourself to a fitness routine.

Exercise Over 50 benefits:

  • Raises your Basil Metabolic Rate (BMR). This turns your body into a calorie-burning machine even while it’s at rest or sleeping.
  • Increases lean muscle while decreasing fat. This gives your body a more youthful, vigorous appearance and boosts your confidence and self esteem.
  • Combats Sarcopenia. Sarcopenia is the medical term for aging. It’s sagging skin, slooped posture, slowed coordination and movement. Exercise and especially resistance training has been proven to delay and even reverse these signs of aging.
  • Fight health conditions and disease. You already know that exercise is good for the heart right? It lowers blood pressure and also increases HDL or “good” cholesterol while lowering the unhealthy triglycerides. This may help prevent stroke and a number of cardiovascular diseases. Exercise also combats arthritis, diabetes, some cancers and helps prevent injury caused be falls.
  • Boosts Energy Level – As your muscle strength and endurance improve and your cardiovascular system, which includes the lungs as well as the heart, works more efficiently you’ll find that your energy levels increase as well. This is aided also by the fact that regular workouts help you sleep better and deeper, leaving you feeling better rested and rejuvenated when you awaken.

Beginners Exercise Over 50: Where to begin?

Before you run out and buy the latest in  workout gear or a pair of new sneakers there are a few things to consider first.

  1. Current Physical Activity Readiness Level
  2. What are your fitness goals?
  3. What Fitness Program of Workout Routine is right for you?

Measuring your Physical Activity Readiness Level 

If you’re reading this article I feel it’s safe to make the assumption that it’s probably been a while since you’ve been involved in any prolonged, moderately intensive physical activity on a regular basis. That being the case I do recommend that you see a physician first before you commit yourself to a fitness program. He or she will be able to tell you if there is any reason to avoid any particular type exercises or how fast or slowly you should take it. If you decide on your own that you want to skip this step then I recommend that you at least take the Physical Activity Readiness Questioner.

The PAR-Q is a really simple set of 7 yes or no questions that determine if you should REALLY see a doctor before becoming more physically active than you currently are. Due to possible copyright issues I wont print them her but  follow this link to view and online interactive version – I promise you it can be done in less than a minute.

While you’re at accessing your readiness to increase your physical activity level you might be interested in finding out where you stack up in a few other fitness measurables like strength, flexibility, current activity level and aerobic fitness. All of these test are simple online questioner type that can be done in a few minutes that’ll give you a good idea of where you stand.

Now that you know where you are let’s discuss how to decide where you want to go.

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Beginners Exercise Over 50: Setting Goals

 

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