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Is Fitness Over 40 Easy

It seems pretty hard to be fit over 40, doesn’t it?

Well, I could tell you about people like Kelly Nelson and Morjoie Newlin, two female bodybuilders. They’re not your typical bodybuilders. Kelly Nelson first began training with weights in the early 1980’s at age 53 and was still competing in the 21st century in her late 70’s…in a bikini…and lookin’ good if I may say so! Morjorie Newlin was in HER 70’s before a 50 pound bag of cat litter convinced her that if she didn’t do something, old age was going to be a difficult time. That’s when she began a fitness training program that included weightlifting. Morjorie Newlin was participating in bodybuilding competitions, and winning, in her 80’s! Same comment…in a bikini and lookin’ good.

Now, obviously, these are special ladies who put in a lot of extra effort to accomplish some specific goals, but it does make a point. Life…and fitness…does not have to end at 40. Both of these ladies STARTED their fitness careers after age 40. Kelly Nelson was 53 and Morjorie Newlin was 72. Years later, both were still active in their chosen fitness areas and still enjoying life as well as, or better than, many in their 30’s or 40’s.

Fitness over 40? Heck, all around the globe, people in their 80’s are skiing, hiking, canoeing, biking. Some, not so adventurous, are lifting weights or sweatin’ along with Richard Simmons. Some are black belts in Karate, and some quietly and calmly practice yoga or tai-chi.

As easy as this sounds, fitness over 40 requires regular performance of the proper exercises. Just as in our 30’s or 40’s, sitting in the easy chair, clicking the remote, doing 16 ounce curls with a Miller Lite just doesn’t cut it. However, it is not necessary to pack up and head for the gym and try to keep up with the hardbody cuties, either. It IS necessary to pick an exercise program or physical activity, combine that with some healthy eating habits…AND STICK TO IT!

Even over 40, the benefits normally associated with a regular, moderate exercise program will kick in, but for seniors, some benefits are of special importance.

People over 40 tend to break bones, usually from falling.

As we age, bones weaken, as do muscles. We lose some of our proprioception, the perception of stimuli relating to a person’s own position, posture, equilibrium, or internal condition. Our ability to react quickly to a loss of balance, whatever the source, or to avoid an obstacle or actual peril becomes diminished.

Exercise helps bones stay strong and exercises such as weightlifting and other resistance training help your body maintain balance and stability. Weight bearing and resistance exercises assist the body in maintaining proprioception by improving the connections and conditions of the muscles and their anchoring in bone. This training also triggers the reconditioning of the signaling system from body to brain which allows the brain to realize the danger and transmit the appropriate signals to muscles which can react to correct the situation. Weightlifting and resistance exercises can help give your muscles the strength and agility to respond to those signals if you are tripped, off balance, or in other peril requiring quick reaction.

People over 40 begin to lose their zest for living and experience more health crises.

Part of this is due to normal changes that take place as we grow older. Our bodies get thicker and lose the gracefulness of youth. Things seem to become heavier and harder to move, and we begin to feel aches and pains that often accompany aging. Some of those aches and pains may be due to arthritis, and other ills may also attack us as we seem to become prey to every passing cold or other social ailment, and also see some deadlier or more debilitating conditions crop up in our age group, if not in ourselves.

Regular exercise comes to the rescue here as well. It can help with weight loss, or it can help with weight management once we get to our appropriate weight. Regular, moderate exercise can keep joints supple, in many cases even joints under attack by arthritis. I know about this as I have been afflicted with fairly severe osteoarthritis for several years and manage to keep myself active and the condition somewhat under control by my own exercise activities. Exercise also strengthens the immune system, which helps us avoid or fight off the normal bacterial and viral infections which seem to come our way and which often seem to wreak havoc on the older population.

Even better; regular, moderate exercise seems to be somewhat effective in helping ward off such common companions of aging as high blood pressure, type II diabetes, and even some forms of cancer.

What exercise program is beneficial for fitness over 40?

In the first analysis, almost any physical activity which gets your heart rate up, makes you breathe more deeply than normal, and which challenges muscles beyond their normal range of activity is going to be on the list. There are people in their 80’s hiking mountain trails, water skiing, playing softball, weightlifting (as pointed out earlier), or even cheerleading. It is NOT necessary to take out a membership in a local gym, hire a personal trainer, or invest in a lot of exercise equipment and apparel…unless that helps get you motivated. Anything from walking, to swimming, to yoga, to weightlifting will generally fill the bill. There are, however, some simple points to think about.

1. Get your doctor’s approval first. “Nuff said?

2. Pick an activity, or even a group of activities, which you will enjoy doing. Don’t be afraid to try something new…take some classes in yoga, tai chi, or even karate. Maybe you will feel better in a certain amount of solitude and just want to pick up a set of weights and exercise in the privacy of your home. Perhaps the idea of biking around the neighborhood or even around other parts of the country appeals to you. If this is a new set of decisions, realize that you may try a few things at first that just don’t pan out for one reason or another. Keep experimenting until you find what is right for you. You are STILL exercising, right?

3. Put some variation into your exercise.

Any exercise cannot itself provide the three basic types of exercise needed. We need exercises which will stretch muscles and joints, exercises which strengthen muscle, and exercises which improve our cardiovascular fitness. This is not really hard to do, however, and should not take a lot of time out of your life, particularly when you consider how much it will put back into your life. As one example, you could do a simple weight or resistance training for strength two or three times a week, some sort of low-impact aerobics or walking for cardio on other days, and do some simple stretching exercises every day. None of these workout periods needs to be more than about 30 minutes, although a little more time and effort may produce better benefits, particularly once you have trained up to a level where your body is comfortable meeting the demands you place on it.

You are more likely to stay on a physical fitness regimen if you enjoy it. However, things do tend to get stale over time. It doesn’t hurt to vary your approach from time to time in either the manner in which you do certain exercises, or by varying the exercises themselves. While not exact equals, for example, swimming, biking, and walking can be somewhat interchangeable as part of your fitness routine. In some cases, simply varying the environment, i.e. taking a walk in the park or botanical gardens as opposed your neighborhood may be all the variation you need to feel like you have put a little zing into your day-to-day workout existence.

4. Start off easy. At any age, a common reason for failure to stay on ANY exercise program is that people tend to try to do too much at first and try to progress too fast. Whatever you choose, your body needs time to adjust to the new demands being made on it, and results will never come overnight.

5. Don’t stop. Probably the most important aspect of any exercise program, or any other self-improvement program, is the commitment to what you know you should be doing day after day. A haphazard approach to your exercise program is detrimental at any stage in your life. After 40, however, making sure you get your regular dose of anti-aging exercise is incredibly important.

6. Eat healthy. I try to avoid the use of the word “diet”, and often substitute the term “healthy eating” instead. Diets don’t work and can even work against you. They are difficult to stay on and take a major portion of fun out of life instead of making life better. Healthy eating choices will do the trick if you make them a regular part of your life.

While fitness over 40 can demand some of your time and attention that you might not want to surrender to it, the rewards in overall health, fitnessFeature Articles, and enjoyment of life will far outweigh any investment you put into it.

Your Inner Fitness Using Songs

Fitness is a great communicator, a charismatic force that puts you in touch with your inner self. It builds bridges within you that heal and seal the yawning emptiness mentioned earlier in this chapter. And it follows that when you feel great about yourself, complete in yourself, can you relate better to other people that you are in touch with.

Fitness is a three-way process. Firstly, it sparks off a communicative current within you. In turn, you – in an entirely natural manner – transfer this spark to the people you deal with. And here comes the interesting part. So irresistible is this special spark that the people you deal with respond in kind. There is an explanation for this phenomenon.

By being fit you are in your natural element. Which means you have awakened the inner you a special entity. When you feel that specialness, you communicate it unconsciously to the next person. And equally unconsciously, the next person responds to your specialness.

Look at the other side of the coin. If you are not fit, you are not confident, you slouch a little, perhaps you mumble. Unconsciously, you are beaming out a negative message to the other person. A message that murmurs timidly, “I am not confident, I am not special” And, likewise, the other person responds – turning your opinion about yourself back on you.

But fitness makes you stand upright with your spine straight and firm. Your eyes are clear, there is a glow about you. You may not say much, but your bearing, the way you hold yourself says, “I am special” And the other person absorbs this and gives a mental appreciative nod.

In short, fitness restructures the grammar of your body language. It infuses it with positive adjectives and beams them out to everybody. Fitness enhances your solo performance on the stage of life.

If you have watched – even as you have listened to – a solo performance of an artiste singing, you may have observed a few things. At first, the singer may look as ordinary as the boy or girl next door. But as the notes spiral upwards and the night deepens, there’s a flush on his face. The features seem transformed by an inner emotion giving him a strange glow, an extraordinary beauty. The audience feels not only the magic of the music but also vibrates to the personality of the performer.

Why is it that we come away from a musical performance feeling uplifted? The genius of the singer is undisputed. But has it ever struck you that there is also something special inside you that responds so wholeheartedly to the magic?

If you examine yourself in this new light, you will get a fresh perspective on yourself. That you, too, are no run-of-the-mill individual, but a tremendous entity in yourself. For some reason our culture does not teach us anything positive about our individual selves. It’s sad because we lose so much by going through life feeling inferior. Yet, if every one of us were to be analysed objectively, we’d find greatness residing in every single being.

You may feel that those who’ve reached the top of the corporate ladder, for example, must be feeling they’re the greatest – the achievers. Surprisingly, it is not sp. We’ve met a few who don’t. They still feel they lack something. Which is why they set out to impress you by dropping names, informing you directly or indirectly about their assets. They even go to extreme lengths to prove they are creative, broad-minded, have a vision.

In all probability, if you too are tuned only to your negative self, you come away feeling patronized, abused, put down. This is where we mourn the loss of communication. Two warm, lovely people can vibe poorly due to a total lack of communication within themselves.

But suppose you are positive about yourself, know deep within you that your existence in this world is as justified as the next person’s, that though you are only a small part of the dynamic human race there is nobody like you, that you may not be a top dog in a corporation but are an extremely important member of the world, you would react differently. You would recognise the fact that the other guy is only trying to impress you by trotting out his acquaintances and assets. That he wants you to feel he is as intelligent as you, as creative as you. In other words, he feels he is only , as important as the people he knows, the things he possesses.

The problem with the person you’ve met is that he is not in harmony with himself. But you needn’t feel pulled down to his level if you believe and know that you are a physical phenomenon created by Nature with a mind, a spirit, suffused by something special- the inner song.

It is the inner song – that great harmonious element within you – that has responded to the almost divine spell cast by the singer’. You feel uplifted because during those precious hours all the components inside you were in harmony, a state of equilibrium -like a perfectly composed song.

In this condition, you can be quietly content or joyously vibrant. And for days afterwards, the memory of that wonderful experience tingles within you. This is so because of a simple law of nature. The singer has communicated through his art and you have absorbed it and responded to it. And you have been able to react so ‘positively because it has touched the positive self inside you. It means you have the ability to be positive. Just like say, a piano when played gives off music. When the keys inside you were ‘pressed’ by the singer’s melody, you too vibrated and ‘gave off music.’

But, you may ask, how do I keep those keys pressed constantly, how do I hold on to that special tingle? The answer is simple. Keep fit. Fitness opens the doors to self-belief. It keeps you in a perpetual state of inner harmony. Wasn’t it William Shakespeare, that great literary king, who wrote, “To thine own self be true, and it must follow as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man.” To that, we’d add, “and no man can be false to you,” because with your inner confidence, with the inner song humming through you, you need never feel that somebody is putting you down or patronizing you – because you are an extraordinary creation of natureFeature Articles, a gift to humankind. In simple words: because you are you.

24 Hour Fitness Path

The Twenty Four Hour fitness center is like your one stop shop to everything about fitness and your well-being.  Imagine it as the Walmart of the fitness industry.    Twenty Four Hour fitness centers are located in a number of  areas in the state.   All of them have equipments which cater to weight training as well as cardio vascular equipments.  A variety of fitness gear is also available.  Twenty Four Hourfitness centers all have locker rooms and – believe it or not – baby sitting accommodations.  Over all, the Twenty Four Hour fitness center is a complete, clean and extremely well maintained facility that especially caters to all your fitness wants, needs and preferences.Join UsIt is very easy to get started on your path to fitness.  Twenty Four Hour fitness centers have over three hundred clubs located in the whole nation and is open for twenty four hours.

There is no long term contract to sign up in.  You have the option to pay monthly, but you are offered a complete personal training package that suits your body type, body weight and built so you are ensured with a service that is truly personalized.Which club do you belong in?Twenty Four Hour fitness center gives you the option to choose the specific type of club that you desire.  The active club involves a group exercise as well as free weights and cardio machines to work off that fat.   The sport club also includes everything in the active club but with additions such as basketball, heated pools and whirlpool.  The super-sport club also includes the amenities found those in the active club and the sport  club but with more additions such as massages, a sauna as well as a steam room.  The ultra sport club is the works.  It includes most of the amenities found in the active, sport and super sport club, plus a day spa, courts for racquetball as well as an executive locker room.The Path to PerformanceIt all depends on what you want to achieve.  In Twenty Four Hour fitness centers, a uniquely specialized fitness program is available to anyone who simply wants to improve their performance in a specific sport or is seriously training for competition.

The program is designed by athletes.  The Performance program includes a menu plan specifically customized for those intense workouts.  A resistance training is also available as well as a full cardio workout.  After your exercise, a metabolic rate test is conducted.  This program is designed for those who wants to get started as soon as possible but has no clear and specific idea how.  This is clearly the best option for them because all the information on nutrition, resistance training is learned through this program.  This is the foundation one needs in order to have results that would last your body a lifetime.The Components of  FitnessA regular exercise, an intense workout is just part and parcel of your path to health, fitness and well-being.  There are other factors that should just as well play a part and which Twenty Four Hour fitness center teaches you.  Food intake is one of them.

A menu is provided to those who follow the performance path.  This details what you should or should not eat, or at least eat less of, if not completely avoid.  Cardio is also one as this enhances  your endurance to stress and exercise. Vitamins and supplements are a necessity unless you are sure that you are able to receive the proper amounts of iron, calcium, vitamin C or D or E in a day.  If not, it is best to take them in.  Resistance training is a feather in your fitness cap and is a necessary tool for being healthyFree Reprint Articles, wealthy and wise.

Fitness Supplement

The term “fitness supplement” is familiar to almost everyone nowadays. Fitness supplement is a supplement that is designed to help people who use it to achieve several results that include but are not limited to weight gain or weight loss, muscle building, adding vitamins or minerals to their diet, and many more. There is such a variety of fitness supplement products on the market that you will definitely find the right supplement for your needs.

Fitness Supplement – weight loss supplements.

Weight loss supplement is a fitness supplement that is designed to help people who use it to achieve a considerable loss of weight. The weight loss supplement can be based on various chemicals, vitamins, minerals, herbs, etc. Examples of weight loss supplements include but are not limited to Solidax ADX, Phentermine, Kava – Herbal, Xenical, Fat Absorber TDSL, Bontril, Meridia, and many more.

Fitness Supplement – body building supplements.

Body building supplement is a fitness supplement that is designed to help people who use it to achieve weight gain, muscle building, and strength training. There are many other reasons for using body building supplement products but these three are probably the most popular. Be careful with body building fitness supplement products as some of them could be very dangerous.

Fitness Supplement – nutritional supplements.

Nutritional supplement is a fitness supplement that provides additional sources of nutrients when people don’t get enough of them through food or when a well-designed diet doesn’t work. Nutritional supplement increases the intake of vitamins, amino acids, minerals, herbs, etc. It gives you the opportunity to achieve the average daily intake of some specific nutrient. If you are an athleteFree Reprint Articles, you will have access to some types of nutritional supplement or supplements developed specifically for athletes.