Baby Boomers Have Several Exercise Options
|By Michael Angelo, Senior Editor on Sunday, July 24, 2011|
|Choosing the right exercise routine can be daunting, especially for baby boomers who
don't know where to begin. Don't fret because you can't jog like you used to or lift as
much weight - here's five ways to get back into shape.||
By this time in your life, you recognize the importance of exercise. You've probably experimented with numerous types of physical activity over the years. Maybe you haven't gotten as serious about it as you would like. However, now you've got more time and most likely more reasons to strive to be in the best physical condition possible. It's time to get serious about exercise as a baby boomer, whether you walk, practice yoga, golf, swim or try out an exercise DVD.
Exploring Different Ways to Exercise as a Baby Boomer
If you're lucky, you've got more time to do things you want that are important to you. As you age, you'll find your physical health becomes more integral to living your best life. So, consider exploring various types of exercise, even those you wouldn't have tried before.
Consider the following physical activities and strategies for being more active. Do any of them fit into your life now? Check with your physician before beginning any practice of regular exercise. Also, start slowly and build your exercise program over time, once your doctor approves.
Walking is a Great Exercise for Baby Boomers
Walking is still far and away the best, least expensive exercise to perform regularly. As long as you're independently mobile and can afford good walking shoes, you can walk on whatever schedule you choose. Set aside 20 minutes or an hour - it's free, easy, peaceful, relaxing and some would say it's even serene, sublime and stilly.
Whether it's arising at 6:30 a.m. and strolling for 30 minutes, or going to the health club and walking on the treadmill for 45 minutes before lunchtime, walking will help you find your way back to good health. In the event you're already in decent shape, walking will help you tone your body and improve your physical health even more.
For those boomers just getting back into exercise, it's perfectly acceptable to walk ten minute sessions three times a day. Don't worry about the speed of your pace, just put one foot in front of the other and go. Enjoy the scenery, the fresh air and the other sights around you, and shoot to hit at least 30 minutes a day. Remember activities like cutting the grass or even exploring the local shopping mall are great ways to incorporate walking into your weekly routine.
Yoga as a Strategy for Positive Health for Baby Boomers
Yoga is practiced by millions of people worldwide, and guess what guys - it's completely acceptable for men to partake. Even though it's most commonly associated with Indian culture, yoga was actually invented in ancient China thousands of years ago, and it's now touted around the world as one of the best ways to exercise and stretch your body, mind and soul. Also a well-known method of stress management, yoga will improve your life more than you ever thought possible.
Bear in mind that when first beginning yoga, you might not be able to perform or hold many of the poses. But that's one of the real beauties of practicing yoga--it's rewarding. You'll experience the struggle, process, thrill and joy of achieving a hard-earned pose over time and with practice.
Your flexibility and feelings of youth will return if you practice yoga regularly. Plus, yoga offers endless choices in terms of the type of yoga you practice. And at the end of your work-out, you'll feel marvelous. If yoga isn't at the top of your exercise list as a baby boomer, it definitely should be. Additionally, more and more gyms are beginning to offer yoga, either for an additional charge or covered in your membership, so getting into yoga is easier than ever.
Golf to Stay in Good Baby Boomer Shape
If you've had experience golfing, consider picking up your clubs again. Golf has helped many boomers get into and stay in good shape. But even if you've never swung a club, maybe now's the time to take golf lessons and head to the links.
Particularly for baby boomers, golf is a mild, enjoyable sport to help stay fit. And you can make it as strenuous as you want by choosing to walk between holes rather than ride the golf cart or playing half of a round or the whole thing. A big plus is that golf is played outdoors. The fresh air, the greens and the beauty of nature are all around you - what's not to like?
Take a Lap and Swim into Shape
In summer months like these, it's a good idea to explore swimming as a healthy, refreshing activity to dive into. Swimming hits muscle groups that don't get utilized as much as they should and can provide quite a cardio workout depending on your level of output. Take one lap, 30 or just wade - swimming can be as casual or intense as it needs to be.
Besides being a great was to exercise, most people don't realize that while swimming they're also getting vitamin D from the sun. Proper intake of vitamin D is crucial for bone health and there are few demographics that need vitamin D more than middle aged women. Just being near water, even lounging poolside or on the beach without getting wet, will help your body produce vitamin D from all of the sunlight that gets reflected by the water. And a bonus to the actual swimmers - the sunlight that does penetrate the water gets magnified. Just be sure to use sunscreen.
Baby Boomer Exercise Roulette -- Choose Your Own Video
Ponder what type of physical activity you'd like to try, then login to your Netflix account and check out a couple of exercise DVDs. They'll stream directly to your computer, video game console or TV and won't cost you a dime outside of your membership. The possibilities are endless: dancing, yoga, strength and conditioning - and even a variety of Richard Simmons pics. If you prefer, choose aerobics, Pilates or even kickboxing. Some of the more hardcore baby boomers might want to look into the P90X series.
Besides videos for all skill levels, another advantage of videos is that you can learn and do the exercises in your own home. At least initially, this privacy might be another plus. Once you find the exercise programs you enjoy, you can order a DVD or two to practice regularly. Once you build confidence, you can attend an exercise class locally to practice and perfect the exercise routines of your choice.
Whatever method of exercise you choose, recognize that you can obtain the good health and physique you seek by becoming more physically active. With commitment and follow-through, as a baby boomer you can achieve the best shape of your life, in a time that's more important than ever before.
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