Anti-aging exercise: how workouts can keep you young

Lose a couple of unwanted pounds, take years off your face, and even add some to your life span.  With the right anti aging exercise routine, not only will you look younger, but you will actually FEEL younger too.

No problem for those athletic types, but what about the rest of us?  Well, it is about time you leave the comfort of your couch and start getting physical.  After all, you’d be surprised at just what 30 minutes a day can do.

With healthy living being all the rage, which, by the way, is a really good thing, there are just so many routines and work outs to choose from.  Truth of the matter is, for someone who has pretended to be allergic to the treadmill for so long, it can get overwhelming- and that is the last thing we want to make you feel.

So, to steer away from the confusion, let’s get down to the nitty gritty basics of just what you need to slow down the aging process.

Flexibility Training

Cardiovascular Training

Strength Training

A personal trainer will most certainly have you on the right track from day one.  But, again, what about the rest of us who don’t really have that luxury?  The answer is simple- do it yourself.

So let’s go ahead and take a closer, more detailed look.

Flexibility Training

anti aging exerciseWith just about any routine, there is no denying that flexibility is definitely the foundation. It increases your blood circulation, relaxes your muscles as well as your mind, and it warms up the body at the beginning of a routine and helps you cool down after.   Not to mention that it keeps you from getting a nasty sprain too.

But what makes it really great is that it is so simple- just about anybody can do it, regardless of how young or how old you may be.  It only takes a fraction of your time.  Plus, you can do it wherever you want, whenever you want- in the morning when you wake up, during your coffee break, or even at night right before you hit the hay.

Flexibility and Stretching

It is as simple as stretching, because that is basically what flexibility training is.   You can do simple head and neck tilts, wrist elbow and even entire arm circles, ankle and knee circles, hip circles, side bends, etc.

Flexibility and Yoga

Take stretching to a higher level, take up yoga.  Plus, it helps your balance, focus, and breathing as well.  When it comes to anti aging, studies actually show that Yoga helps decrease wrinkles and lines as it lowers anxiety and reduces stress.

Did you know that tons of celebrities do yoga to keep in shape, look young, and feel great?  Super models, such as Gisele Budchen, Rock Stars like STING and Adam Levine, Pop Singers like Madonna and Lady GaGa, Actors and Actresses, Athletes like Evander Hollyfeild and even the entire LA Lakers?  Heck even former president Bill Clinton and his wife do it too, and that is just the celebrity tip of the yoga iceberg.

Cardiovascular Training

exercise to be youngerCardiovascular training is key to having a healthy heart- and when your heart is happy, the rest is sure to follow.  It lowers blood pressure and ups your whole immune system.  It builds up muscles and gets rid of fat.  You will have more energy, much less anxiety, a greater well being altogether.  Plus, the right cardiovascular routine will actually increase your longevity too.

The really neat thing about cardiovascular training is that you can walk, jog, or run.  You can go on a bike ride outdoors or take up a cycling class.  Swimming is a great full body work out.  Pop in an aerobics video or learn a new dance.  Heck, you could even shoot some hoops if you want to.

Take the stairs instead of the elevator.

So you can start with something relatively slow paced and move on to something faster later on.  You can actually have fun and take the work out of working out.

 

Strength Training

how exercise can keep you youngPut some muscle into it, quite literally.  Last but definitely not the least, you have strength training.  Every ten years after you hit 30, you body mass actually decreases anywhere from 6-10%.  By the time you are 70, studies have shown that you will only have about 50% of your body strength left.

So increasing your strength actually increases your lifespan.

Now, just because you will be lifting weights does not mean that your goal is to be a muscle man (or woman) of sorts- not unless you want it to be that is.  Take note, strength training and body building are two very different things.

You can grab a pair of dumbbells or go ahead and hit the gym (at least you will have access to all sorts of machines to help you out) However, do make sure not to take on more than you can handle.  Don’t go running to the barbell on your first session.

But not all exercises for this need equipment.  Push-ups, pull-ups, and lunges will do the trick too.

If you haven’t put your muscles to work in a long time or if this is a first for you, expect your muscles to be sore.  This is perfectly normal.  Give it a day or two and as long as you didn’t really injure yourself, everything should be just fine and dandy.

On the up side, strength training is recommended only twice or thrice a week.

It’s easier to wake up early and work out than it is to look in the mirror each day and not like what you see. -Jayne Cox

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