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Living Well Living Well

Who among us has not suffered "The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune?"

Have you been treated unfairly by a former employer?  Perhaps you were forced out because of your age (no one will admit it) or forced to retire early.

If not, consider yourself lucky.  Others have been.

Have you heard that “living well is the best revenge."  Well it is.

But by living well we mean a vigorous healthy life, not simply material wealth or soft living.

By enjoying the fruits of an active life of physical hardihood, you can learn to smile again as you think of that former boss and his stressed out life.

You are secure in the knowledge that you have, in the words of the poet, “promises to keep and miles to go before you sleep.”

Theodore Roosevelt extolled the virtue of physical hardihood in his own life.  The following is one of his most famous quotes:

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; because there is not effort without error and shortcomings; but who does actually strive to do the deed; who knows the great enthusiasm, the great devotion, who spends himself in a worthy cause, who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement and who at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly. So that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

If the wind will not serve, take to the oars.  ~Roman Proverb If the wind will not serve, take to the oars. ~Roman Proverb

Perhaps you feel that the wind has gone out of your sails.  But what age has taken in vitality, it has returned in perseverance.

Those who have seen many years have the mental discipline that youth lacks.  With this we can overcome the wind that will not serve, because our grip on the oars is stronger than ever.

As life expectancy increases it is more important than ever to stay healthy and active.  Although most know the benefits of getting fit through cardiovascular exercise, many are also recognizing the benefits of adding strength training to their workout regimens.


Strength Training

  • Strength training helps maintain muscle.  If existing muscle is not exercised properly, five to seven pounds of muscle tissue will be lost every decade of adult life, reducing the capacity to function and slowing metabolism.
  • Strength training helps maintain muscle tissue, thus increasing the metabolic rate, which boosts energy and decreases fat as individuals age.  There’s no such thing as being too old to replace muscle tissue. Results can be achieved in as little as two 30-minute training sessions per week.  As muscle is added, metabolism automatically increases, thereby burning more calories and producing more energy. Strength training increases both muscle mass and tissue activity, which produces an accelerated metabolic rate and higher daily energy expenditure.

  • Strong muscles lead to strong bones. Strength training helps to maintain bone strength and can serve as an excellent preventive measure against osteoporosis.

  • Exercise, specifically strength training, enhances glucose metabolism and helps to decrease the likelihood of adult onset diabetes.
  • Strength training speeds up the digestive process. Research indicates that slow transit times for moving food through the gastrointestinal system increase the risk of colon cancer.
  • Whether done alone or in combination with endurance exercise, strength training lowers resting blood pressure.
  • Blood lipids include high-density lipoproteins (good cholesterol), low-density lipoproteins (bad cholesterol), and triglycerides (the storage form of fat). Several studies have demonstrated better blood lipid levels after regular strength training.
  • Well-conditioned muscles provide better support and shock absorption, which prepares the low back muscles to absorb forces that might otherwise overstress the spinal column.  And stronger muscles may be helpful for improving joint function and easing arthritic discomfort.

     

Adapted from STRENGTH TRAINING PAST 50 by Wayne L. Westcott and Thomas R. Baechle. Available at: www.HumanKinetics.com.

 

Getting Help Getting Help

Start with our Support Links Page.

Here you will find support, motivation, diet help and much more, including:

A place to share information and experiences with each other,

A Website that will provide a series of short video demonstrations of various exercises, and

A Website to get a personalized diet or healthy lifestyle program.

Workout Routines Workout Routines

We offer several workout routine videos for you information only. 

The videos from Spark People are intended for those who want to improve their overall fitness and muscle tone.

The videos from Expert Village are intended for those who want more serious strength and muscle development.

It is important to remember that this and any other information and tools on the GetFitBoomer.com website are intended as an aid to your health and wellbeing and are offered for informational purposes only. We do not offer medical advice and prior to undertaking any exercise, you should consult your doctor. If you ever feel any discomfort or pain when you exercise, do not continue.




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The information and tools on the GetFitBoomer.com website are intended as an aid to your health and wellbeing. We do not not offer medical advice and prior to undertaking any exercise, you should consult your doctor. If you ever feel any discomfort or pain when you exercise, do not continue.