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Strategy: Exercise to Stay Strong for Life; Refuse to Grow Weak!

Exercise strategies for Senior Fitness; frequent, purposeful and often strenuous movement is required for optimal aging. Proper exercise can delay age-related functional decline by decades, preserving our independence and ability to enjoy a wide variety of activities. Weight Training, Aerobics, and other forms of exercise are discussed such as Yoga, Pilates, Balance, martial arts and Dance.
Weight Training For Seniors: A Beginning Guide

Weight Training For Seniors: A Beginning Guide

Frank's Comments: Pretty basic stuff - read if you've never done this before. So you've made the decision that you're tired of sitting on the couch all day and letting your body to squander away and your bones to get more brittle . You're ready to do something! Weight...

Massive Muscles Made Easy

Massive Muscles Made Easy

How To Grow Big Muscle So you want to grow big muscles and who can blame you because once you have achieved your goal and achieved the body you are striving for just think of all the admiration and respect you are going to get for having the discipline and...

Belly Fat May Hit Your Heart the Hardest

Belly Fat May Hit Your Heart the Hardest

By Steven Reinberg Frank's Comments: OK - this is yet another article backing the idea that the fastest way to beat metabolic syndrome and type-II diabetes is to build muscle while relearning how to eat correctly for true health. What is needed is a serious, high...

Tips to Overcome Testosterone Decline

By John Andrews Many men who have reached the prime of their life encounter insufficient testosterone levels. Commonly referred to as andropause or male menopause, low testosterone is very common and can have some unwanted effects if left untreated. A reduced body...

Our body is a demand-driven, adaptable, self-repairing system that requires movement and muscular activity to maintain optimal function.

Consider what happens to someone bedridden for a month or more; muscle mass, flexibility, strength, bone density and range of motion all drop like a downed helicopter, starting in just a matter of days. The unseen effects are equally damaging; every organ reduces function and slows its activity. Lack of movement is devastating to the human body.

Aging is very much like a longer version of being bedridden. Slowly, over decades, the same decreases in capability occur AND the antidote is the same: MOVEMENT. Start moving and your ability to move will improve. Walk, run, dance, stretch, lift weights, play games that require physical motion, and the losses due to aging will reverse.

Along with this improved ability to move, many other changes take place. Blood sugar levels will regulate downward and remain more even, stored fat will be reducedinsulin sensitivity will improve, blood pressure will come down and your heart will get stronger. Your vascular system will actually start building collateral arteries around blocked vessels, improving blood flow to your heart and other organs. The body’s repair mechanisms speed up, things heal faster, the immune system gets stronger; you get sick less often and you recover more quickly from virtually every malady.

So, lie on the couch, watch TV, drink beer and eat potato chips with all your spare time and the disabilities of aging will overtake you like a Mongol army. You’ve seen the stories of the 92 year old Chinese (or whatever country) man or woman, still tending the rice paddy, wondering what all the fuss is over being that old. They still ride a bike to work and enjoy life with their family five generations deep. The primary difference is that they never stopped moving.

Under this category we discuss and explain the most effective forms of exercise practiced these days. Some are significantly better than others for restoring or maintaining strength and fitness in seniors.

Weight Training – to trigger your anabolic, or muscle-building process; muscle you need to look good and move well, be stronger than you look and dissolve fat 24 hours a day.

The most effective form of exercise for delaying age-related decline is Weight training with progressive resistance. Nothing works to reverse age-related functional decline as well and as rapidly as this. It raises Testosterone production (the hormone of your youth – needed in both men and women for maintaining muscle structure), Growth Hormone output, it lowers blood sugar, encourages the burning of fat for energy, improves immune system function, makes bones stronger and more dense, and lets your entire body function on the level of a person decades younger. Make progressive resistance weight training the core of your exercise regime and all other exercise forms will be icing on the cake. I discuss the best approach to building and regaining muscle in our Weight Training Category. Click the link and learn about the number one way to eliminate frailness in our senior years.

Aerobics – to maintain and recover your heart/lung/vascular fitness.

Next, we promote Aerobics to maintain heart-lung-vascular fitness for life. However, some approaches to aerobics are more productive than others, with regard to the changes that take place with aging. The best approach is discussed further in our Aerobics Category. Follow the link to learn the best way to keep heart, lungs and vasculature fit for life.

Yoga, Pilates, Stretching, Balance & Dance – Building poise, posture, flexibility, strength, endurance, balance and grace, while connecting with the spirit within – speed and power aren’t the whole story.

Posture, fluidity of motion, flexibility and balance are undeniable important in terms of aging gracefully. I believe that the swift and the strong don’t have a corner on happiness, and hope you will take time to find the value in these milder forms of exercise. Balance becomes extremely important in advanced age because most bone fractures are caused by falls, and these exercise methods maintain our sense of balance and agility. Read More Here.

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