Monday, February 21, 2011


While some forms of exercise won’t be appropriate for a lifetime, (e.g. extreme skiing or football practice for 70-year-olds), our bodies work better and longer when we’re active. There are a variety of exercises available for people of all ages to strengthen muscles, improve range of motion, relieve stress, manage weight and much more. Here are some broad tips and guidelines from the experts at Life Fitness on how to age with exercise.
Teen years: In 2007, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that only 30 percent of teens get enough exercise, which means 70 percent are setting themselves up for a sedentary life and all the problems that come with it. Quick Tips: Every little bit of movement counts, so get in the habit of being in motion throughout the day like taking the stairs or helping with chores. Get involved in local sports programs or see if there’s a teen fitness class at a local health club.

20s and 30s: These are the crucial years to lower your lifetime risk of several common health problems, including coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity and osteoporosis. Simply fitting in some aerobic exercise for 30 minutes most days of the week and adding in some weight-bearing activities will have a long-term, positive impact. Quick Tips: Find a sport, game or activity you can enjoy for decades to come like golf, cycling and hiking. Or, challenge your body with a triathlon or a 5K race.

40s and 50s: If you’ve enjoyed high-impact activities much of your life, now is a good time to start incorporating both low-impact exercises and stretching activities that are easier on the joints. Ask your doctor if your exercise routine is still the right fit for your lifestyle. Quick Tips: Get up and talk with co-workers or create walking meetings with team members. Discover low impact but high variety activities like 30 minutes on the elliptical cross-trainer.
60 and beyond: Now is the time to minimize or eliminate high-impact activities and make time for strength, flexibility and balance training, which become essential as you age. The American Council on Exercise stresses the importance of proper form to avoid injury, and recommends working with a certified personal trainer to develop a safe, age-appropriate routine. Quick tips: Make dates at the pool with friends or adopt a dog you can take on walks every day. Take up Tai Chi or Yoga to incorporate more flexibility and balance to workouts.
And don’t forget, fitness is ageless. It’s never too late to start.

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