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Fitness in your fifties

June 6th, 2009

Who says that exercise is only for young people? But I personally think that those young at heart too will benefitĀ  tremendously from working out.

Patricia Davis is 53 and she is still hot!

Patricia Davis is 53 and she is still hot!

A general misconception made by many is that exercise is only for younger people. The importance of staying fit has become hyped so much of late that some people have come to see exercise with one goal in mind – to lose weight.

And it’s natural that younger people who are more conscious about their looks – have gotten into the exercising euphoria. Older folks have sedentary lifestyles and some too are faced with aching joints – which indirectly de-motivate them from exrcising.

In general, the traditional mindset is that sweating out should be left to the younger generation. Mature folk have little time and no interest to commit to a proper exercise regime – they will only see its importance once their health takes a dip for the worse.

Importance of exercise

Exercise is important as it can help lower cholesterol levels. This will help protect you from heart diseases. Regular workourt sessions, too, can help in maintaining a healthy body weight as sweating out can help combat the slowing down of the body’s metabolic rate.

As we age, we tend to feel lethargic by sitting around and not doing much. Working out regularly can help provide you with more energy and the stamina to get you going at any time of the day. During the prime years of our lives, staying fit is vital as it can also help in strengthening bones, muscles and joints which will help in mobility and balance. Hence, it’s not wise to cut off exercise just because of the after effects like pain, swelling and strains. In fact, exercise actually helps prevent pain and swelling from occuring.

Types of exercise and sports suitable for those in their 50s

  • Yoga
  • Cycling
  • Swimming
  • Qi-gong
  • Taichi
  • Walking
  • Brisk walking
  • Low impact aerobics

Swimming is a great deal of work out

Swimming is a great deal of work out

Tips before starting on an exercising regime:

  • An elderly person should go for a complete physicl and medical check up before engaging in an exercise program.
  • Always start and go slow once in an exercise program.
  • Stretching exercises help promote healthy muscle growth and also reduce the likelihood of losing one’s balance as we age
  • Try to opt for resistance training once a week to improve heart and blood vessel health.

Enjoying the workout

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Generally, people experience pain after exercise because they do not engage in warming up activities beforehand. A 15-minute warm up session can essentially curb cramps and pains after a sweating out session.

People over the age of 50 should not be over-zealous and should understand that their bodies are no longer the same as when they were younger. Choosing a sport that has minimum impact to certain body parts is a good way to prevent pain and injuries. Someone with knee pains should take up cycling and swimming to avoid putting pressure on the knee. This way, you not only get to workout, you also need not worry about any pains or injuries that might happen.

Selecting proper shoes with good inner soles and correct outer soles can make your workout session an enjoyable experience. Wrist guards, knee guards, wrist, elbow and ankle guards – there are a number of items in the market today to help you stay fit while keeping pain at bay.

Exercise , similar to education, is a long-term affair. Old or young , male or female, with or without grandchildren everyone can do it. With the extensive benefits that only exercise can offer, why not start today? It’s never too late to say YES to exercise!

Hollywood’s latest gizmo

December 29th, 2008

Living in LA makes me learn a lot of things. In LaLa Land it always has to be the next new thing. Things are moving so fast here and so does the technique to make you become prettier. When someone discover some stuff here in Hollywood, God forbid it’s five minutes old or someone else has heard of it. But in most places in the world no one has ever heard about it. When I strolled down the hills, I saw the words Gyrotonics. I was like ” what the heck does that means ? ”

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Gyrotonics is actually the latest body-sculpting craze. The users have to use hand and foot-operated pulleys and weight – resistance bands to operate this contraption, which looks more like a torture machine than a workout equipment.

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Gyrotonics combines yoga, tai chi, and swimming. It leans out your muscles and is gentle on your joints. ItĀ  benefits those with back, neck or shoulders problems, arthritis or sports injuries as well as the elderly especially those who finds basic mobility hard.

The exercises are performed on the Gyrotonic tower, which uses pulleys and weights to create resistance.

The tower is designed to hold the body-weight, enabling the user to let go of tension. This in turn strengthens the deeper, internal muscles used for posture and stability, while lengthening and toning the outer muscles to give a leaner physique and better flexibility.

The weight resistance gives a feeling of moving in water, allowing the body to move in a natural and flowing way.

The combination of spiral movements – which are incorporated throughout the whole body, working in harmony with the breath – helps to create a feeling of freeness, lightness and balance – almost like performing a dance! This in turn produces a greater clarity of mind.

A few stars have been practicing and they are the big fan of gyrotonics. Among those that I know of are Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow, Teri Hatcher and Kim Cattrall.

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Madonna still hot eventhough reaches 50 years old.

kim-cattrall_nissan_w_11 Kim Cattrall from Sex and the City age 52 years old.

teri_daughter1 I don’t even know she has a teenage daughter.

Trust me they are hot even when they are almost 50s and pass that age.OMG! They are still hot! I hope I will be able to look like these hot mamas when I reach their age.

hotmom ( Wish I can put that shirt on my daughter one day )

You should try gyrotonics and if there’s no gyrotonics centre in your place, go for a pilates class at least once a week. Trust me, it makes you feel darn good.

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You feel relieved, your muscles becomes more tone and after 2-3 classes, you will feel that your flexibility improves. You should give yourself a try.