Strategy 2: Exercise Smart
One of the unfortunate things I see is as people get older is they stop moving. I don’t mean they stop going to the gym four times a week, they hardly move at all anymore. And I am not talking about people in their 60’s, 70’s and 80’s; I am seeing this with folks in their thirties. We need more movement!
The truth is that regular exercise is one of the most “bang for the buck” things we can do for our health.
As I mentioned previously, as we age (starting in our thirties) our metabolism declines and our body doesn’t use the food we eat as well as it used to.
Exercising helps change all that! (Did you expect me to say anything else, being an exercise guy and all?)
Here’s the deal. Exercises tells the body:
(In other words, exercise is really bossy, but in a really good way.)
Even better, exercise is correlated with lower rates of:
Add onto all that disease-fighting goodness with the fact that exercise improves mood and well-being, and there is no doubt you NEED exercise in your life. When you make it social, like exercising with a friend or training in group classes, the mood modifying power of exercise is unmatched.
At Cr8 Fitness, we talk about “appropriate exercise”, and that means different things for different people.
If you have not exercised in a while, you are going to need strategies that promote mobility, flexibility, and especially injury prevention. The good news is that as you exercise more, and your body gets stronger, you build resiliency and are able to tolerate more and higher level activities. I would be remiss if I didn’t promote getting a good coach to guide you on this “appropriate exercise” journey, especially if you haven’t exercised in a long time or have or have had injuries.
Here are some tips:
Ease into your new exercise program:
It’s a really big deal to get back in the gym, and sometimes we are so gung-ho that the next day we are so sore we can’t move. I’ve been there. A good program will start you appropriately (there’s that word again) and progress you as your ability increases.
Keep things in perspective:
Exercise intensity is a subjective matter. To be blunt, a 25-year old trainer has no idea what a 50, or 60, or 70-year-old feels like during, before, and after exercise. What “moderate to vigorous” looks like to them may be far different than what it looks (and feels) like to you. If they are a good trainer, that may not matter. But having two experienced coaches over the age of fifty here does have its benefits. And we can still kick most 25-year old butts to boot!
Find some fun in your exercise routine:
The two key factors in finding success in your fitness program are consistency, and fun. If you aren’t having fun with your exercise routine you aren’t going to be very consistent with it, at least not for long. That doesn’t mean every day is going to be sunshine, unicorns and rainbows; exercise is hard! But when you are in an enjoyable environment, with people that care about, want to help you, and miss you when you are gone does make all the difference.
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