YOU ARE NOT TOO OLD TO GET FIT!
Physical activity and exercise becomes increasingly important as you age. Regular exercise and physical activity combat health issues, helps to prevent physical limitations, falls, and other injuries that become progressively more common the older you get. The more active you are as you get older, the better you will feel and the longer you will be independent.
What is the best exercise to do as you age? I recommend that all women start strength training and continue to strength train for as long as possible. Specifically focusing on functional strength training, exercise routines that directly relate to building strength to complete movement you do on a daily basis.
Functional strength training are exercise routines that include balance, stability, mobility, endurance and flexibility. The next time you get out of a low car, walk a flight of stairs, reach down to pick something moderately heavy off the floor like a pet, ask yourself is this becoming more difficult to accomplish? A movement we all do that can progressively become more difficult is standing up from the toilet. Yes, this is a big one because toilets are low and to stand back up you need leg and core strength to get up to a standing position. Functional training focuses on doing exercises that will build strength and help you stand up easier without using your arms to pull you up.
Would you like to get started on building your strength? Are you worried you’re too old? I guarantee you’re not, I help women in their 70s build strength! You can do it too! You can get strong at any age with commitment and consistency.
If you would like to build lower body strength start with standing from a seated position without using your arms to assist you. When performing this movement cross your arms and place them on your chest, have your feet flat on the floor, evenly distribute your weight over your feet as you stand up. If you need to lean forward as you stand up, go ahead but don’t bounce or swing, use your legs muscles to push your body up into a standing position. Try to complete this movement 15 times or work your way up everyday, until you can do 15 sit to stand in a row.
Building and maintaining strength is so important as we age to stay healthy and strong for as long as possible. You’re never too old to pursue a new goal. Little steps over time lead to big results.