Use it or lose it, the saying goes, and it is 100% true of your body. If you want to look and feel younger you have to keep fit and active. It doesn’t matter how old you are now, how fit or unfit, or how much you weigh. The trick is to start moving your body more, every single day. You will feel and see changes right away, and the more you do, the better you’re going feel. Here are 6 fitness tips to help you look and feel younger no matter your age.
1. LIFT HEAVY WEIGHTS
You can’t keep your body looking and feeling young if its architecture is crumbling and the best way to build strong bones is through weight-bearing exercise. Lifting weights is one of the quickest ways to achieve strong bones but you don’t have to spend hours in the gym. Body weight exercises such as push-ups and lunges, TRX, resistance training using household objects, and even ordinary household chores like carrying groceries or hoisting kids helps increase bone density.
Your metabolism naturally slows as you age. Staying slim makes you look more youthful and it supports better health, keeping your body in good condition from the inside out. Eating right and keeping up a regular exercise regime will keep your weight in check, tone your muscles, improve your cardio health and digestion, and detox your body – all of which help you beat the calendar.
If you only do one thing for yourself a day, take a walk. This simple exercise boosts your circulation and heart rate, pumps up your lungs, strengthens major muscle groups, aids relaxation and, not least, helps you engage with the world around you. You’ll find a regular brisk walk clears your head, lifts your mood, and helps control your appetite, making you less prone to age-related weight-gain or problems like depression.
Aging is associated with stiffness so staying flexible is one of the key ways to keep yourself young. Modern life is bad for flexibility: you probably spend far too much time sitting down in a car, at a desk, or hunched over your phone. Take regular breaks during the day to stretch your arms and legs, do a few sidebends, and gently release your neck. You’ll feel better and help fight off age-related aches and pains.
Getting older affects your reflexes, balance, and energy. One way to fight back is to use the principles of high-intensity interval training. Basically, instead of doing a long period of moderate exercise you do “bursts” of high-intensity exercise, such as sprinting. These bursts challenge your body, improve your reflexes and quickly build energy, endurance. When you’re out walking, throw in a few sprints (pick a level surface to avoid tripping or twisting your ankle). Gradually increase the speed and/or number of sprints, building your overall fitness and power.
If you want to avoid becoming the stooped old man or woman of cliché, you need to straighten up. Good posture has a positive influence on your overall health, as well as promoting proper form while exercising. Keep your core muscles strong by doing planks, lifting weights, and doing abdominal exercises. To really stretch your spine try an inversion table, which will decompress your spine and keep you standing tall and strong.
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