Tuesday, July 2, 2013

How to get the Best from Exercise at any Age

As baby boomers continue to enter their mid and late sixties, the new and exciting research shows that by remaining physically active and thinking positively, they can experience a satisfying and vital life for many years to come. What can they do to ensure a fulfilling and exciting life? The research show that there is a lot.

One thing that is now known is that we control a larger number of the factors related to the aging process than ever thought before. Avoiding excess alcohol, processed foods, smoking, obesity and keeping a positive attitude will go a long way in determining the type of life that an individual will have as an older adult. For example, by remaining active and living life in moderation can go a long way in staving off the diseases of the aged-and not so aged-such as cardiovascular disease, arthritis, diabetes and obesity related complications.

This article will discuss ways to exercise and practice good habits for healthier living.
Exercise
It is important to check with your medical professional before embarking on a program of exercise. Once that is out of the way, The American College of Sports Medicine recommends that to maintain cardio and respiratory health, an individual should participate in exercise that utilized large muscle groups that is rhythmic in nature. This incluse exercises such as walking, rowing, stair-climbing. Twenty to sixty minutess over the day is good to start.

Mental Health
Good thing is that exercise also helps mental health. But, along with that it is important to keep that brain active by socializing, play and learning new games, crossword puzzles and languages. New brain connections form by doing this. The more you use it, the better it gets.

Supplements such as fish oil are great for brain health and possibly fighting off brain attacks. Eat a healthy and balanced diet of fish, two to three times a week, fruits and vegetables and a smathering of grains.

Resistance training
Also important is resistance training because this is important in muscular development and strength. This should be gradually developed and increased as strength grows. It helps in maintaining the ability to care for one's self. This type of exercise can be engaged in two to three times a week.

Source:
Hartman-Stein, p., Polkanowicz, E. "Behavioral Determinants of Healthy Aging: Good News for the Baby Boomer Generation" OJIN
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