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Monday, December 20, 2010

WOOF: Media Monday - Fit for the Holidays!

Online article...Nothing we haven't read before, but at this candy, cookie and cake season of the year, not a bad thing to remember!

When people start getting older they often feel much less inclined to exercise as much as they used to, let alone begin suddenly when they never have before. It is understandable that as people age they don't want to be running around and lifting weights because they are bound to hurt themselves and they may simply not have the energy for it. However the reality is that you'll age twice as fast if you don't maintain your fitness, the body needs regular exercise no matter what age you may be, the only thing about being older is that the exercises you should do change somewhat.

This article explores some exercises which are more accommodating for those over fifty, particularly women. Nobody wants to just become a couch potato and enter their old age unfit, these exercises are easy and unthreatening so women over fifty can still be fit and feeling good about themselves. What follows are some exercise suggestions designed specifically for women over fifty.

Working out the back is absolutely critical for women over fifty; the back is often the weakest part of our body and is therefore prone to injury
, particularly as we age. Doing some lower back exercises also helps trim down the waistline, glutes, hips, and thighs. Simple back exercises like shrugs, back extensions, dead lifts and bent over rows are all excellent options for women over fifty.

Abdominal exercises are the best way to trim that stomach and gain some stability and core strength. Abdominal exercises are fairly straightforward, the big difference for women over fifty being that they should opt for softer versions of exercises, use an exercise ball to do crunches as opposed to doing them straight on the floor. In addition to crunches there are sit ups, oblique crunches, and bicycle crunches. Abdominal exercises are also great for promoting better digestion and relieving bowel problems-common complaints as we age.

Arm exercises are beneficial in many ways for women over fifty; they increase muscular endurance, mobility, and tone your arms. Triceps exercises in particular will eliminate any of that unwanted flab on the back of the arm. Try some triceps dips, triceps kickbacks, or overhead extensions to workout the triceps.

In regards to the biceps there are a variety of different curls, including the hammer curl, concentrated curl, and preacher curl. Joining a local gym or getting a trainer can help you figure out which exercises work best for you. Hopefully these exercise suggestions will spur you to get out there and get fit in whatever way suits you best.

Article author unlisted...Perhaps collapsed from over-exercise before they could add their name!

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