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Monthly Archives: June 2018

Strength Training Over 50

Exercise helps older adults maintain or lose weight. As metabolism naturally slows with age, maintaining a healthy weight is a challenge. Exercise helps increase metabolism and builds muscle mass, helping to burn more calories. When your body reaches a healthy weight, your overall wellness will improve.

Exercise reduces the impact of illness and chronic disease. Among the many benefits of exercise for adults over 50 include improved immune function, better heart health and blood pressure, better bone density, and better digestive functioning. People who exercise also have a lowered risk of several chronic conditions including Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, obesity, heart disease, osteoporosis, and certain cancers.

Exercise enhances mobility, flexibility, and balance in older adults. Exercise improves your strength, flexibility and posture, which in turn will help with balance, coordination, and reducing the risk of falls. Strength training also helps alleviate the symptoms of chronic conditions such as arthritis.

Exercise improves your sleep. Poor sleep is not an inevitable consequence of aging and quality sleep is important for your overall health. Exercise often improves sleep, helping you fall asleep more quickly and sleep more deeply.

Exercise boosts mood and self-confidence. Exercise is a huge stress reliever and the endorphins produced can actually help reduce feelings of sadness, depression, or anxiety. Being active and feeling strong naturally helps you feel more self-confident and sure of yourself.

Exercise is amazingly good for the brain. Activities like Sudoku or crossword puzzles can help keep your brain active, but little comes close to the beneficial effects of exercise on the brain. Exercise benefits brain functions as diverse as multitasking and creativity and can help prevent memory loss, cognitive decline, and dementia. Exercise may even help slow the progression of brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.

All about Exercise Plans

It Helps You Create a Reasonable Schedule

Many people simply work out when they can find the time, or when it seems the most convenient. The problem with that is that it tends to cause a lack of working out except on a rare basis. However, if you have a strict exercise plan, you know what to expect, and you can create a schedule accordingly. This lets you create a workout schedule that works best for your busy lifestyle, ensuring you stay fit and lose weight. You’ll also able to keep up with your other responsibilities as well.

You Can Get Your Family Involved

This is also a good way to get other people in your household involved in the workout routines. Perhaps you want to start going on a weekly hike to let your kids enjoy nature, or you want to go for a nice swim in your backyard pool with your spouse a few evenings a week. These activities are fun and good exercise. They can also be great family bonding sessions. Add them to your exercise plan so your family members know what to expect as well.

You Have Something to Work Toward

Finally, when starting to exercise more often, it helps to know what you’re working toward. Exercise plans don’t just include the types of exercises and a schedule you need to stick to. They also allow you to set workout goals. You can set a certain number of steps to walk each day and track them with your Fitbit. Or set a number of miles you want to walk or run throughout the week.

Isolation with Multijoint Exercises

They are more natural and more effective at any of the three goals (muscular strength, size, or endurance). Our muscles are made to work together, in combination, to best perform strenuous tasks like deadlifting. Multijoint exercises allow you to stimulate the maximum number of muscle groups in a minimum amount of time. They allow you to manipulate heavy weights. The also allow you to work within a range of motion where your muscles can best express their full power.

Because muscle mass comes into play, they are the hardest exercises physically. This is why many people avoid these exercises. Because of the number of muscles these exercises stress, it’s not always possible and rarely easy to target the specific muscles you wish to develop.

For example, push-ups use the elbow and shoulder joints. Therefore, this is a multijoint exercise. The movement works the chest, triceps, and shoulders, primarily. Nearly impossible to determine is how much work each of those muscle groups is performing. For some people, the chest muscles will perform the majority of the work. For others, the triceps will be mostly stressed. Some yet will feel it all in their shoulders. Based on this, calling push-ups a chest exercise could be spot on or completely incorrect, depending on who you are talking to.

In multijoint exercises, the range of motion is often less than that of isolation exercises. This range may not be what is needed based on the particular sport you may be focusing on.

By using fewer muscle groups at one time, isolation exercises use less strength and energy. They are therefore much easier than multijoint exercises. Isolation exercises target muscles better than multijoint exercises. In general, it is difficult not to feel a muscle targeted by an isolation exercise. Isolation exercises are also better for developing individual muscular control. If a muscle is not developed by a multijoint exercise, a few weeks of training with isolation exercises can wake it up. When you begin conducting multijoint exercises again, you will likely feel that muscle taking on more of the work. The muscle will then be more likely to respond to the work required by exercises that involve multiple joints.

Generally, isolation exercises are less effective than multijoint exercises for increasing strength and size. Muscle isolation is an artificial phenomenon. As stated before, when performing work requiring strength, your muscles are made to work together, not in an isolated fashion.

If you attempted to reproduce the work performed by multijoint exercises with only isolation exercises, you would waste a lot of time. In the example of the push-ups, you would have to conduct a chest exercise, plus a shoulder exercise, and a triceps exercise.

About Body Weight Exercise Classes

Martial arts and athletic programs often use body weight exercise classes because the flexibility and adaptability this program offers. Pilates and yoga fitness methodologies often use body weight exercises along with breathing techniques and stretches to help promote complete body fitness. Many people who do not like to go to gym-based activities will often use these exercises at home to increase their muscular endurance and strength. By using these exercises alone, some can achieve a high state of fitness.

Body weight exercise classes

When you attend these classes, you will normally start with cardiovascular exercises like squat thrusts or jumping jacks to warm up your muscles. Once your muscles are warmed up you will do stretches and strengthening exercises to improve joint flexibility and reinforce muscles in your lower and upper body. Some of these exercises include dips, push-ups, and chin-ups to work your upper body muscles. To work the muscles in your lower body you may do calf-raises, squats, and lunges. In body weight exercise classes you will also do core exercises, which will work your lower back and abdominal muscles. Some of these include back extensions, crunches, and planks.

Pilates and yoga

These use body weight exercises in subtly different ways to attain fitness. They are done in a more controlled, gentle manner. Pilates and yoga focus on physical exertion and mental concentration. Yoga and Pilates use body weight exercises in their own unique way.

• Pilates-the body weight exercises used in this type of fitness focus on your hips, buttocks, and core muscles. They are referred to as the powerhouse. Most of the postures are done from a reclining or seated position on a specialized Pilate’s machine or a mat. By altering the angles of your legs, you can decrease or increase the resistance applied by doing these exercises. The angle of our legs removes or adds leverage without using additional weights.

• Yoga-these postures are done to achieve symmetry and balance on a physical and mental level. Yoga routines focus on the strength and flexibility of all of your body’s muscles alternating stretches and body weight exercises. The postures are often done from a standing position with special attention paid to concentration and breathing.

Workout Fast Only 10 Mins

You don’t have to spend 1.5 to 2 hours for a workout session. You can do whatever you want.

But if you can just squeeze in 10 minutes a day to work out during any potential short breaks throughout the day, I can surely show you how.

So here’s the routine:

We will be using a bodyweight resistance routine. That means you’re using your own body to provide the weight in the form of push ups and pull ups.

At the same time, the routine is going to be a circuit. That means you’ll be going straight from one exercise to the next with no break or pause in between.

You have 1 minute at the end to catch your breath and then you go for it again for a total of 3 rounds.

The workout is simple:
Push ups to failure -> Pull ups to failure -> Sit ups to failure -> Jumping squats to failure

‘To failure’ means you stop when you physically can’t do one more repetition.

If you do this right, then your muscles should be aching and you should be able to do fewer and fewer each time around.

But if you want to take this further and make it even more effective, then use ‘mechanical drop sets’.

That means that if you can only do 5 reps on the last round for your pull ups, you make things easier for yourself for reps 6-10.

That means you might put your feet on a chair and pull yourself up with a little help from your legs. Or it means you might let your knees touch the floor.

So why is it beneficial to your body even though it’s just 10 minutes?

Well, it works very well because it is ‘resistance cardio’.

You are burning fat and improving fitness while simultaneously building muscle and strength.

What’s more is that it can be done so quickly and shouldn’t cause you to sweat too much.

That means you can do it without needing to shower after – or if you do it in the morning you can do it before your regular shower.

Not 10 minutes plus commuting time, it literally is only 10 minutes.

So in just a few minutes, I’ve shown you how to workout quickly that’s going to bring immense benefits to your health.