Exercise is important for individuals of all ages, but is especially crucial for middle-aged seniors. Overwhelming evidence shows that exercising regularly is an effective way for boomers to maintain independence and good health as they age.
Here are some tips for boomers who want to experience the numerous health benefits exercise can provide:
1. Consult a professional. Before you start, it may be important to consult a physician and trainer to help assess your current health. Create a tailored plan that is most beneficial for your body type.
2. Consistency is key. You need to exercise a minimum of 2 ½ hours per week to see results. An example of this would be moderate exercise like walking for 30 minutes in conjunction with strength training.
3. Intensity makes a difference. The more intense a workout, the less time required to receive the same benefits.
4. Weights matter. As we age, we lose muscle mass and bone density. Using weights or resistance bands can counter these adverse effects. You don’t have to be lifting serious weight to receive results as long as you can get in two to three short weekly sessions.
5. Workout at work. You don’t have to build up a serious sweat in order to get in a workout. You can even get a mini workout at work by simply going for a quick walk to grab lunch or run some errands. The goal is to be as active as often as possible.
6. Yoga. Yoga and stretching are important for improving flexibility and circulation. Remember to always warm up first.
7. Find a work out buddy. Exercising with a partner keeps you motivated and consistent with your workouts. Keep it fresh. Mix it up your program so there is variety. Look for local classes or group activities that you can join.
8. Keep it fresh. Mix it up your program so there is variety. Look for local classes or group activities that you can join.
9. Find something you love. There are so many different ways to exercise, so do some research, try different classes and select your favorite!