A sedentary 45-year-old can be “older” than an active 72-year-old.
Being inactive and sedentary can age you!
I’ve seen a 66-year-old hike up a mountain.
I’ve read about an 85-year-old who became the oldest Kona Ironman finisher.
I’ve treated a 70-year-old golfer who could walk circles around a 25-year-old computer whiz.
What do they all have in common?
THEY KEEP MOVING!
Being sedentary can lead to weight gain, muscle tightness, poor posture, poor circulation, high blood pressure, and other not-so-great health issues.
One of the best ways to keep moving is by walking more.
Another great way to feel younger is to lift some weights.
I’m not talking about bench pressing 300 pounds or squatting with a 150-pound bar.
Sure, you can do that if you want to as long as you gradually work your way up to it but it’s not a necessity to getting stronger or getting more fit.
Using resistance bands or dumbbells less than 15 pounds or a combination of both is plenty for general strength training for building muscle and healthy bones.
Think about the everyday activities you do and the requirements your life demands of you.
Can you lift a gallon of milk from the refrigerator?
That’s about 8 pounds.
Do you have a growing baby?
He or she is as little as 5-6 pounds or up to 20-30 pounds!
What about lifting the 20-pound bag of dog food?
What about lifting your own bodyweight to stand up from sitting in a chair?
How about pushing a grocery cart that gets heavier as you move up and down each aisle?
Everyday tasks and chores require strength.
It is recommended to perform strength training 2-3 times per week to maintain strength or build up your strength.
So, the next time you are feeling a little weak, it might be a friendly reminder to start flexing your muscles with a more consistent strength training program.
Better yet, don’t wait! Get started today!
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