Calorie Burning After Age 50: Weight Training, Cardio & More
Why It Matters
Weight Training for the Win
Just starting out? Begin with bodyweight exercises, such as squats and sit-ups. These exercises require no equipment whatsoever, and they strengthen real-world activity skills, like easily bending and getting back up.
More from Mandee: Try "free weights, resistance tubing and bands, medicine balls... in a class setting for guidance, form correction, and a second pair of eyes to ensure you are building good strength training habits." If you can't get to a class in person, look up videos on YouTube or a fitness app, and follow along at home!
All About Cardio...
Low Impact: walking ⭑ marching ⭑ side steps ⭑ Zumba ⭑ pool workouts ⭑ elliptical machine ⭑ spinning bike
High Impact: stair climbing ⭑ hiking ⭑ lunges ⭑ step aerobics ⭑ cardio dance ⭑ treadmill workouts with incline
What About Running? Robert J. Davis is for it. "Contrary to popular belief, running does not wreck your knees according to research. In fact, runners tend to have a lower risk of joint problems than non-runners, perhaps because running strengthens muscles, which means less pressure on joints."
Calorie-Burning Trick: Boost Your Intensity in Small IncrementsRobert says, "If you walk, instead of going at a steady pace for, say, 30 minutes, walk as fast as you can for 20 - 30 seconds, then go at a moderate pace for 30 - 60 seconds. Go fast for another 20 - 30 seconds, then at a moderate pace, and so on, for a total of at least 20 minutes." Great way to push yourself without going overboard!
4 Fast Fitness Tips
⭑ Take it easy at first. Increase your time and intensity as you get stronger, but don't overdo it. And if it hurts: STOP.
⭑ Flexibility is another area to work on. Include stretching, yoga, and/or tai chi to increase mobility, ease stress, and relieve pain.
⭑ Eating enough protein is crucial for building muscle; lucky for you, we have a ton of recipes full of lean protein!
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