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Posts about Workouts:

Why It's Important to Cool Down After a Workout (And How)

Why It's Important to Cool Down After a Workout (And How)

Cооling down уоur mind and bоdу аftеr a workout iѕ crucial. Cооling dоwn саn take as little as three tо ten minutеѕ and inсludеѕ реrfоrming ѕtrеtсhеѕ оr gentle variations оf thе movements you did during thе wоrkоut. Thе gоаl оf a сооl-dоwn iѕ tо rеduсе hеаrt and brеаthing rates, grаduаllу сооl your bоdу tеmреrаturе, rеturn muѕсlеѕ tо thеir орtimаl length-tension rеlаtiоnѕhiрѕ, рrеvеnt vеnоuѕ рооling оf blооd in the lоwеr extremities, which may саuѕе dizziness оr роѕѕiblе fainting, аnd rеѕtоrе physiologic systems сlоѕе tо thе baseline.

There's a reason the treadmill hаѕ a "cool down" ѕеtting. When уоu'rе еxеrсiѕing, уоur еffоrt is at, ѕау, еight out of ten аnd уоur body nееdѕ hеlр getting back dоwn tо baseline. A ѕuddеn stop in рhуѕiсаl activity саn саuѕе blооd pooling in уоur lеgѕ, уоur blood pressure could drор, and уоu could get vеrу dizzy. Cооling dоwn is even imроrtаnt аftеr a ѕtrеngth wоrkоut. After lifting, trу dоing ѕоmе dynamic stretches ѕuсh аѕ wаlking lungеѕ оr yoga.

8 Hiking Safety Tips for Older Adults

8 Hiking Safety Tips for Older Adults

Hiking is one of the best exercises that offers you fresh air, cardio, and more. There are trails everywhere, and if the weather calls for it, you can experience incredible views and health benefits. However, it is crucial to follow hiking safety tips in order to make the most of your experience. The following tips will help to ensure you are prepared for your next excursion!

10 Healthy Muscle Recovery Tips for Older Adults

10 Healthy Muscle Recovery Tips for Older Adults

Sarcopenia is a common condition in older adults and is among the first physical signs of aging. It is characterized by the functional and anatomical loss of skeletal muscle in the body as one ages. As a result, older adults undergoing this biological change may find it hard to function well physically and may have a hard time doing even basic activities such as walking or washing dishes. Chronic or acute pain, frailty, and increased risk of fractures are common hallmark indicators of muscle loss.

Luckily, older adults can fight this muscle loss and slow down the degenerative process through some strategies like exercise.

What Is Calisthenics? And What Are the Benefits?

What Is Calisthenics? And What Are the Benefits?

The world of fitness is filled with many movements and exercises that benefit different groups of people. Calisthenics is one of the best forms of strength training for older adults as it improves strength, endurance, mobility, and more without having to invest in any equipment! So, if you are thinking of getting started with calisthenics, you are in the right place. Continue reading to learn more about calisthenics and its benefits!

Pilates: What Are the Benefits for Older Adults?

Pilates: What Are the Benefits for Older Adults?

Pilates, named after the creator, Joseph Pilates, is an exercise routine that focuses on creating an overall balance in the body. It comprises a set of exercises that focus on several fundamentals, including precision and balance. Pilates is known to increases core strength, flexibility, balance, and posture in the body. The exercise uses the body itself, and there is no specialized equipment necessary - though some routines may include the use of some props.

Today, Pilates is popular across the world because it is effective at improving flexibility, strength (especially core strength), breathing, posture, and overall physical fitness. Over the years, many people have found Pilates helpful, including some of the top Hollywood stars, making it even more popular.

How (and Why) To Increase Flexibility at Any Age

How (and Why) To Increase Flexibility at Any Age

As we age, the body goes through many changes, including stiffening joints and decreasing muscle mass. To maintain mobility, it is crucial to find ways to improve the flexibility of joints and muscles. By increasing flexibility, muscle mass and balance improve, which lowers the risk of falls and injuries. In addition, when a fall does occur, the body is better able to prepare for the impact, recover, and fewer injuries result.

13 Tips to Find Your Daily Exercise Motivation

13 Tips to Find Your Daily Exercise Motivation

At any age, it is normal to find it challenging to motivate yourself to get up and exercise. However, it is critical, especially for older adults, to consistently work out in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Despite the challenges of finding that motivation, there are many strategies you can apply to get yourself in the gym or wherever you like to exercise. So, if you are struggling with the motivation to exercise, we have you covered. We have gathered a list of tips that can help you finally find the inspiration to exercise!

Top 13 Ways to Find Exercise Motivation

5 Rules of Fitness for Your Golden Years

5 Rules of Fitness for Your Golden Years

Old age tends to slow us down. We believe that our mental and physical abilities are not as strong as they were in the years of our youth. While we may not feel as energetic as before, we should acknowledge the advantages of our golden years. We finally have the time to concentrate on our health, the wisdom to make better choices, and the freedom to welcome change. Do not let your senior years go to waste. Unhealthy eating habits, an inactive lifestyle, and weight gain will only expose you to a greater risk of developing chronic illnesses at this stage. Instead, make the most of this special time!

It is essential to stay fit and look your best during these golden years, so they become the best years of your life. You never know where life may take you or what will come your way. Prioritizing your health is the key to be prepared for everything. Staying fit at this point in life will inspire your younger family members to embrace healthy living as well. The fitter you are, the less prone you become to conventional health problems and personal injuries associated with old age.

Abide by these five golden rules to prove that age does not get in the way of becoming the best version of yourself!

How to Improve Efficiency in Your Muscles

How to Improve Efficiency in Your Muscles

Do you ever experience prolonged fatigue lasting more than two days after exercising or playing a game of golf? Do your muscles fatigue quickly? Do you want to improve efficiency in your muscles and move and feel better in your body?

When muscles are not performing optimally and efficiently, they often feel weak, tight, or are limited in their range of motion.

The reason for the weakness, tightness, or lack of range of motion is often met with forced stretching and strength training which can prove ineffective when the cause is neuromuscular. 

There is a great misconception in the movement rehabilitation industry that we need to strengthen our muscles constantly. Truthfully, however, our ability to contract and release our muscles comes from messages sent down from the brain. We need to ensure that our muscles are getting the right messages to stay functional and efficient. Our muscles need a regular “reboot” to stay working well, particularly as we age.

Have you had this experience? You keep working harder and trying to improve your strength, but you do not feel like you are getting stronger?

Posture Perfect: 10 Ways To Improve Your Posture

Posture Perfect: 10 Ways To Improve Your Posture

Posture refers to how we position our bodies when sitting, standing, or laying down. Your overall health relies on good posture. It keeps your bones aligned with the rest of your body, and the tension in your muscles, ligaments, and tendons adequately spread. It even improves your blood flow.

Maintaining a good posture means that you hold your body in the best position possible to place minimal stress on your back and spine. Since our spines begin to change as we age, good posture becomes even more critical for older adults. Have you ever heard that as we age, we get shorter? Well, this is, in fact, true. The cushions between our bones start to break down and thin over time, plus the cartilage and tissues connecting our spines lose their elasticity and are not as thick. But, having good posture can help with this.

Falling is the number one reason for broken bones and injuries among older adults. The high number of falls means that learning how to be more aware of good posture is needed to improve balance and decrease falling chances. Good posture is also an osteoporosis preventative. It lowers heart attack and stroke risk, makes you feel happier, helps sustain memory recall, and helps with digestive issues.

Below are the ten tips we highly recommend for older adults to improve their posture.