Our bodies change as we age. Some of these changes are obvious, but others are not. Metabolism slows, sense of taste and smell lessen, and we digest and absorb some nutrients differently. We lose muscle, gain health problems, and adjust to changing social circumstances. Fortunately, adjustments to dietary intake and
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It’s no secret that getting regular exercise is good for your health, but what’s the best type of exercise for your heart?
“Aerobic exercise is the most beneficial for the cardiovascular system and will result in a stronger, healthier heart. The American Heart Association recommends at least 150 minutes of moderate
How to Exercise Safely and Effectively
Elite athletes prepare their bodies for physical activity and so should you. While you could just head out the door and run full speed around the block, chances are your muscles, and especially your joints, might not be so happy afterwards. What you do before,
You’ve participated in a resistance training program for at least three months, so you know the basics. Now you’d like to update your program to something more productive, more interesting, or more challenging. The challenge does not have to be a continuous hunt for new exercises, but to make adjustments
You know that being physically active is a key element of a healthy lifestyle, but how much exercise do you really need, and what types of exercise are most beneficial?
“We prefer to use the exercise recommendations from the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). They have a section for older
You’ve read the recommendations of the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans in Chapter 2 and learned how to fuel your activity in Chapter 4, now it’s time to explore some exercise routines to get you started on the road to a longer, healthier life.
As discussed in detail in Chapter 2,
There are lots of good reasons to move more and sit less. The best type of exercise varies from person to person, based on your individual goals and abilities. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issues physical activity guidelines based on the latest scientific information. The most recent
Before beginning any new fitness program, including resistance training, check with your doctor. Explain what the program will involve in terms of exercise type, intensity, instruction, and supervision. You will likely get one of these three responses, although not with these exact words:
Great. It’ll be good for you.
Go with the
Fitness programs, including those that have a flexibility component, are available in a variety of formats. They are in books, magazines, online, on DVDs, and at health clubs, churches, hospitals, colleges/universities, senior centers, YMCAs/YWCAs, golf and tennis clubs, municipal recreation departments, and neighborhood fitness centers.
Enroll in programs for groups or
For the next few minutes, try to forget everything you’ve heard about flexibility. Suspend any preconceived notions about stretching, warming up, joint range of motion, and preventing injuries.
Just hit the reset button on the whole topic and let’s start over with what evidence-based medicine tells us and common-sense practice shows