As you grow older, an active life is more important than ever. Even as the world tells you it's time to retire, relax, and take it easy, your body is craving for you to keep moving. And though you may be ready to retire from your 9-5, don’t hang up your walking shoes quite yet. The truth is that if you really want to enjoy these golden years and get more quality time from them, your best strategy is to exercise regularly.
The American Council on Exercise reports, “As you grow older…regular exercise can help boost energy, maintain your independence, and manage symptoms of illness or pain. Exercise can even reverse some of the symptoms of aging.” Wow! Are you sold yet? But wait, there’s more. While taking your daily walk remains a crucial piece of this exercise pie, getting in your strength training reps is the part that will truly make the difference in your well-being.
Benefits of Strength Training
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) recommends strength training for most older adults to help lessen the symptoms of the following chronic conditions:
- Back pain
The best news of all is that we offer a special class for seniors and beginners along with a knowledgeable staff that can guide you through proper exercise techniques. All you need is a light pair of dumbbells (5 pounds to start, 8-10 pounds as you get stronger) and a good pair of shoes and you’re ready to find the new active you!
The exercises, like Jog in place, Punching (the air) with and without weights, Knee lifts, Squats, Knee Curls, Overhead Press, just to name a few –will give you the total body work out that you need.
For best results, find a friend or partner to take this challenge on with you. You will keep each other accountable and safe while you get younger together!