Friday, March 6, 2020

Exercise for Women Over 50 (Part 2) :

Exercise for Women Over 50 (Part 2)
Exercise for Women Over 50 (Part 2) :

Following after your doctor clears you to exercise:

AEROBIC EXERCISE: Aerobic means requiring oxygen from continual movement for at least 20 minutes that can be walking, cycling, aerobic classes, running, dancing, swimming, and cross country skiing. Your heart rate should stay elevated and you should try to break a sweat.

ANAEROBIC EXERCISE: This refers to strength training from calisthenics and/or lifting weights. We naturally lose muscular strength as we age. This helps "maintain bone strength, reduces risk of lower back injury and keeps you tone." They don't discuss a specific weight program, probably because each person should have an individualized routine.

STRETCHING: This helps your flexibility and joint movement. It can help reduce injury and soreness. Yoga and Pilates are suggested forms.

IF YOU ARE NOT EXERCISE ORIENTED: In my experience, the best exercise for ease and maintainability is simply to walk or bicycle. With walking, 1. You don't feel like you're exercising since it's already a routine activity. 2. You really don't need any special or expensive equipment. 3. Including people will bring social enjoyment. 4. But, it can be done alone or in a group. 5. You don't need to drive anywhere to walk. 6. You simply measure your workout with a watch or step counter. 7. You want to walk at least 150 minutes a week or 5 walks at 30 minutes each. 8. You can add hand weights to increase your heart rate. 9. The ease of walking allows you to continue into advanced age. 10. Forming a walking or cycling group in your neighborhood is one of the most successful arrangements for sustainability and enjoyment. So, let's be creative and have fun today.

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