As we get older and our joints wear down, exercising becomes increasingly more difficult. This may cause you to want to slow down or stop altogether. However if you stop, you will lose muscle mass rapidly and you will get weaker much faster. So how can we maintain our fitness while preventing further wear and tear? Here are some suggestions on how you can stay fit as you get older.
Many beginners find spinning intimidating, but it’s one of the best classes to attend if you are new! First, keep in mind that you maintain full control of your bike. Although the instructor will cue instructions about their aims for intensity, you ultimately control the resistance and pace. It’s a challenge by choice. You know your own body and your ability level so work within reason while still trying to push yourself. Spinning is a terrific option for everyone since you can get a really intense workout that burns a lot of calories in a short amount of time with little to no pressure on your joints.
Working on your strength to maintain or add muscle mass is essential to your overall function going forward, regardless of your age. Sarcopenia (the age-related loss of muscle mass) begins as early as your 30s! Physically sedentary adults may lose up to 3% to 5% of their muscle mass every ten years after the age of 30, according to Web MD. To keep your muscles active and functional, you must engage in some sort of strengthening. You can use a variety of methods to make your workout safe and effective. This can come in the form of light weights, resistance machines, bodyweight exercises, etc. If you need additional guidance, seek the help of a personal trainer.
Pilates has been around for 100 years, which should prove that it benefits those who practice it! Founded by Joseph Pilates (then known as Contrology), Pilates practice focuses on the following principles:
The benefits of Pilates are strength, flexibility, functional movement, and unity of mind & body. There are also several ways to practice Pilates, such as mat classes, or using equipment such as the reformer, chair, and Cadillac.
Another tried-and-true exercise practice, yoga has been around for thousands of years. Yoga focuses on flexibility, balance, and strength. There are many different practices such as Vinyasa, Hatha, Gentle, Hot Yoga, etc. Find the class that is right for you.
No matter which form of exercise you choose, the most important thing is that you stay active consistently and avoid injury. Find something you enjoy so you don’t get burned out. Even though the sands of time won’t stop, you’ll feel younger and move better!
If you need additional guidance with your exercise routine, consult the help of one of our personal trainers!
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