At Home Fitness Tips for Boomer Newbies
Boomers like you and me want to get in shape for various reasons. We want to look better, we want more energy, improved cholesterol numbers, lower blood pressure, we want to reduce or eliminate the need for certain medications, improve our immune systems or just feel better over all.
The amazing thing is ALL of this is possible and you don’t need an expensive gym membership.
Obviously, the first step is to check with your doctor before starting any new exercise or diet program and get their ok. But once you’re cleared for take off…. Here are some of my At Home Fitness Tips for Boomer Newbies. And be sure to stay tuned until the end because I’ve got a really exciting FREE resource for you that will help guide you and get back in shape right from the comfort of your own home!
Tip 1 Stay Hydrated
So my first tip is super important and extremely easy to accomplish. Stay hydrated! Believe it or not most people simply don’t drink enough water. When you’re not properly hydrated it impacts your health.
You might experience obvious signs like Dry mouth and increased thirst
But other not so obvious symptoms like fatigue, headaches, and dizziness can also be the result of mild dehydration.
To stay properly hydrated you want to be drinking 1/2 your body weight in ounces per day. So a 200 pound person would consume 100 ounces of water per day.
All that water consumption comes with some great health benefits:
- You’ll have more energy
- You’ll be full so you’ll eat less And..
- Water promotes cardiovascular health,keeps your body cool, and helps muscles and joints work better.
- Water even helps keep your skin supple.
All of which are perfect for getting back in shape!
Tip 2 Warm Up and Cool Down
Ok so before we get into talking about exercise let’s talk about how to properly prepare and recover.
When it’s to start exercising make sure to devote a few minutes to warm up.
Remember those stretches you used to do in high school? (buzzer sound) well forget those. Stretching cold muscles is a no no and can lead to injury. Most experts now recommend dynamic warm-ups to prepare for exercise.
The purpose of a dynamic warm up is to increase blood flow to the areas you plan to use in your exercise. A good dynamic warm up should gently mimic the movements you will use consistently throughout your routine.
And once you’re done take a few minutes to cool down and stretch. Think of your cool down as a transition from your workout back to your normal heart rate.
A Proper Cool Down should consist of
3-5 minutes of exercising at a lower intensity: Focus on deep breathing to return heart rate to normal.
Then spend a few minutes stretching your target muscles: Choose 3-5 stretches for muscles that were ‘worked out,’ holding stretches for 20-30 seconds.
Tip 3 Don’t Get Stuck in a Cardio Rut
When boomers start exercising it’s common to overlook strength and resistance training in favor of cardio exercise but the truth is a combination is really the best way to achieve overall health and fitness.
Exercises like walking, jogging, biking etc… are great for burning calories and strengthening your heart but to build muscle, strength, maintain balance and improve flexibility you need to include resistance training in your routine.
Here’s the good news! You don’t need to get a big heavy weight set or join a gym. You can get a very effective resistance workout using just your own body-weight!
Tip 4 Listen to Your Body
It’s important to listen to your body. We listen to our bodies all the time. When we’re tired we sleep, hungry we eat so we should be practiced enough to understand when our body is telling us to stop. Yes, you want to push yourself to new goals but not to the point of exhaustion or injury. If you ever heard the expression No Pain No Gain expression forget it…..
After a successful workout you should feel energized and perhaps sore but you shouldn’t feel pain. If you feel pain it’s your body telling you to stop and you should.
Tip 5 It’s Never too Late To Start
Here’s the best tip of all…it’s never too late to start adopting a healthy lifestyle. That’s right! No matter how old you are or what your life has been like up to now healthy benefits are available at any age!
Just the fact that you’re getting some tips here is a great start. Don’t stop now!
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