Category: Health and Wellness

Want to Quiet the Noise in Your Mind?

Here are somethings I’ve started to try that have helped me, maybe they will help you to.

  1. Start listening to Classical music when you drive. Classical music has been proven to be the only form of music that engages both sides of the mind, ensure you listen to it at low volume.
  2. Cancel the local Newspaper. Being a subscriber for years and years I thought that this would be a daunting task, what I found instead is that I didn’t become so emotionally tied to things, if I didn’t

    know about them. I realized that I didn’t need my finger on the pulse of everything that was happening around the city and in the country. If it’s of real importance it would find it’s way to me.

  3. Monitor my TV, if you have a DVR record what you want to watch. Try to eliminate all commercials. Never channel surf and remove the TV from the bedroom and never go to sleep with the TV on.
  4. Go to the local park and just walk for thirty to forty minutes every day.
  5. Start reading the books you’ve been putting off for years, especially before going to bed.
  6. Listen to white noise audio while sleeping, start a dream journal.
  7. Take a sauna or steam three times a week
  8. Start exercising thirty to forty minutes three times a week
  9. Stop the negative mind talk, be impeccable with your work

As always, thanks for visiting, Dave

 

 

 

 

 

Is Yoga Good for Baby Boomers?

If you’ve ever wondered if starting Yoga in your late 50s is a good idea, let me tell you about my experience. I decided to start doing Yoga seriously at 59 years old. My main motivation was to improve my flexibility for my golf game. I started taking classes at the local Gym that I belonged to. While the instructors were usually very nice, I noticed right away that the classes were full for the good ones and empty for the others, not so good.

I admit to being intimidated at first, not knowing the difference between an up dog and a down dog, but from my position in the back of the class I slowly started gaining confidence. One of the disadvantages of doing Yoga in a Gym environment is that the most gyms have one maybe two Yoga sessions a day. Luckily I was able to establish a routine of three days a week.

After three months of classes I noticed a few things. My flexibility had improved as shown in my golf game, but I was surprised that my balance and coordination also showed marked improvement. I also seemed to be handling my stress levels a little better, and I even found myself kinda meditating as I tried to control my breathing while doing my Yoga routine.

I’ve since learned that Yoga especially for Baby Boomers is not only safer but out performs Aerobic exercises, at improving flexibility and balance but also improving core strength and reducing joint pain. Yoga has been pretty mainstream in Gyms for the last ten years and even longer in certain parts of the country. But the problem with Gyms is that the classes are limited and the instruction can vary greatly. But it is inexpensive. Private Yoga studios offer greater flexibility and quality instruction making it easier to establish a routine, but the facilities can vary greatly with regard to changing rooms showers and spa facilities. And they can be expensive.

If your looking to start doing Yoga today I would really suggest you look at joining an On-line Yoga Program. Yogadownload.com is the company I’d recommend, and here’s why.

Who are they

Name: Yogadownload

Website: Yogadownload.com

Price: Competitive

Owner: Jamie Kent

Overall Rank: 9.6 out of 10.0

Product Overview

On-line training programs is one of the fastest growing segments in the fitness industry. Fitness apps. Are growing 87% faster than other industries, with more than 1/2 of all smart phone users have a fitness app on their phone. On-line programs offer members the ability to log on anytime from anywhere. The programs are taught by some worlds the best instructors, at a fraction of the cost of a studio. Not only can you do a routine at your convince but you can fine tune to exactly the type of yoga you want and the skill level your at. Many other features are available including the fact that you belong to a social community of like-minded people that are very engaged in what your doing.

The Pros

  • World Class instructors
  • Unsurpassed quality and selection of classes to choose from
  • Free video downloads for off-line use
  • Affordability: $1.00 2 week intro, $12.00/month basic $18.00/month premium $120/yr premium
  • Experience: 10 years on-line, 220,000 members, 56 countries
  • Yoga anywhere on any mobile device

The Cons

  • Need to be self-motivated
  • Exercise usually at home alone
  • Nobody to check your form or posture

Who’s it for

90% of people come to Yoga for flexibility, stress relief, general health and physical fitness. But for Baby Boomers specifically, along with these obvious benefits,it can help problems like chronic pain, fatigue,obesity,asthma, but even more important Yoga offers a chance at self-reflection, to practice self-kindness and self-compassion and continued growth and self-awareness.

If your a Baby Boomer and you feel it’s too late to start, that your not “flexible enough” you need to realize that Yoga is’not about attaining the perfect pose, it’s not about being “good enough” or “right”, Yoga is about removing any judgment and letting you be present to who you are now.

Verdict

Yogadowload.com is a proven performer in the industry. Verywellfit.com ranked the #4 in the industry, after visiting the sites of the competitors, I found Yogadownload.com to be of a higher quality, more professional site. They are highly interactive with their members offering a wide variety of programs and products designed to improve the quality of life now.

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As always thanks for visiting, Dave

 

 

 

Are Baby Boomers Using Spas?

It starts with relaxing, in a room heated by a continuous flow of hot air, allowing the bather to perspire freely. Follow this up with a shower, and ten minutes in a whirl pool, massaging your joints and muscles under the jets of hot water. Sounds pretty good huh? then why aren’t more Baby Boomers doing it?

Saunas

The first Turkish Baths opened in the United States in 1861. While popularity of the traditional Turkish Bath has declined over the last 150 years, hot-air baths still thrive in the form of the Russian Steam bath and the Finnish Sauna.

The first mention of a Russian Steam Bath or Banya can be found in the Radzivill Chronicles dated 945 AD. Ancient Romans had a Cult of Bathhouse, where they not only washed themselves, but socialized, painted, read poetry, sang and feasted. Their Bathhouses even had special rooms for Massage, Gym and Libraries. Wealthy citizens often went to the Bathhouses twice a day.

The Finnish Sauna’s earliest roots are difficult to trace, but its earliest versions are believed to be from 700 BC. Today Finland has over 5 million inhabitants and over 3 million Saunas. Finns think of the Sauna not as a luxury, but as a necessity.

Health Benefits of Saunas

  • Reduce the risk of Heart Disease; studies have shown that taking a Sauna 2 to 3 times a week, can reduce the chances of Heart related death by 27%. And 50% if you take them 5 to 7 times a week.
  • Greater Longevity; A 20-year study noted a 40% reduction in premature death, for those who enjoyed a Sauna daily.
  • Rids the Body of Toxins; Perspiration cools the body down and rids the body of harmful waste products. Environmental pollutants, man made chemicals, heavy metals, solvents, pesticides, prescription drugs, nicotine and alcohol. The average person expels roughly a quart of sweat daily via the Ecerine Glands. A sauna triggers the gland to secrete a quart in 15 minutes.
  • Simulates the effects of exercise; heat stress, simulates intense physical activity. Sweating in a sauna after exercise soothes and relaxes muscles, expands and opens blood vessels that optimize blood vessel function.
  • Improves Heart Health; Saunas are both safe for healthy adults and those suffering from cardiovascular issues like angina pectoris, heart failure, and myocardial infraction, always check with your Dr. for guidance.
  • Lowers Blood Pressure; In addition to regulating blood pressure, sauna therapy is considered safer then prescription medication for the treatment of anxiety disorders, seasonal effective disorder (SAD), joint pain and the soothing of muscle spasms.

Boomers should start Using Saunas

The other day as I was sitting in the Sauna observing my body sweat and contemplating. It dawned on me how much I look forward to my Sauna after my workout, its become like a reward for completing another routine. In the thirty plus years that I’ve been doing these little routines its never ceased to amaze me how few people actually take advantage of the Spa facilities available in all the Gyms across the country. This is especially true about Baby Boomers.

It’s Free

What’s really gotten me thinking about, is that since turning 65, MediCare will actually pay for my Gym membership. In the thirty plus years I’ve paid an average of 35 to 45 a month to belong to a Gym. I now pay nothing and can use Gyms all across the country for free. I was taking a Sauna while traveling through California recently (I live in Las Vegas), and as usual I was sitting there alone, and the thought struck me, do Boomers just not care or do they just not know that this is available to them.

I, can understand the reluctance about starting an exercise program, but who would be reluctant about starting a spa program, especially when its FREE and so good for your health. Have Baby Boomers become that complacent or desperate, that they would rather sit in front of a TV or in the case of Vegas in front of a slot machine, for hours day after day, week after week. Has that become our idea of retirement?

Attitude Adjustment

Having the attitude that our parents had and society still has about growing old is wrong. Instead of being the worst of times it should be the best of times. It affords all of us, the chance to finally live the Dream, you’ve been holding all these years.

Holding onto dis-empowering beliefs that we’ve gotten from our parents, and continue to get, from the mass media outlets, about what growing old is all about, is wrong. Mass Media looks upon our Generation with an attitude of disdain and dismissiveness. All they see is a generation of diminishing returns. I’m sick of the condescending attitudes and tired of being made to feel like a second class citizen simply because I’m in my 60s. With the advancements in health care 60 is quickly becoming the new 50 and soon 70 will be the new 60.

Get with the Program

This website is a Manifestation of a Dream I have. It’s important to write and speak from my own position of purpose, knowing within that I am on a mission.I am simply doing what I know to be the right thing for me, while always

considering improving the lives of others. If my work helps you and others, I am thrilled. If not, I am still thrilled at being able to produce it. I am not focused on the outcome of my efforts. Results are not what motivate me. Changing the way Baby Boomers think about the future is what motivates me. Continue to visit this site where we will be discussing, how holding on to the same dis-empowering beliefs, will continue to give you the same dis-empowered life. You’ve heard the saying about insanity, “doing the same thing expecting a different result” well its time we start to challenge some paradigms that we got from our parents,  who got it from theirs, and create new ones, as we look forward to the next twenty years.

As always, thanks for visiting, Dave

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mind-Body Connection

The Mind-Body Connection

Last Update: September 26, 2018

Is Exercise Enough?

It’s long been known and accepted that physical activity releases endorphins, which can help increase a person’s sense of well-being. This is especially true for Baby Boomers. Having a fitness routine focused on building muscle tone not only builds your body, but helps your mind. The more I worked on improving my body, the more I realized that I needed to work on my mind as well. When I first considered the idea of meditation, while sitting in the sauna after a work out, I thought it would be just a matter of sitting still and shutting down my mind for ten minutes or so, boy was I mistaken.

I was totally dismayed with myself, not only could I not sit still for even 5 minutes, but my mind refused to shut down at all. I remember just trying to count to sixty and not being able to do it. It’s then that I realized that meditation was going to be a lot harder for me then I anticipated.

Quiet the Mind

In order for me to start getting a handle on meditation I had to think of times when my mind was relatively quiet. I thought it was when I was sitting in the sauna or alone in the park, walking my dogs, but as I started watching my thoughts while doing these things, I realized that my mind was constantly jumping from one topic to another, and going into the future or revisiting the past, over and over again. The more I started looking at my thinking the more evident it became that not only couldn’t I control it but I spent very little time in the present, I was never in the now. It was either in the past or the future.

In doing some follow up reading about staying in the present, I stumbled on the role of the ego. I came to find out that it was my ego, that loves to replay the past, wishing it could be different, or dreading the future, with all its what if’s, and hope it don’ts. But I don’t want to digress into a discussion about the ego, I’ll save that for a future blog.

But I really had to think about a time when was I present. And it dawned on me, that the only time I was really in the present was when I was playing golf. I had known for a long time that if I didn’t maintain concentration on what I was doing while playing, I couldn’t hit the ball. You have to be centered and focused on what your doing, totally in the now, in order to play well.

Thinking about what it is that your do, where your have to concentrate on the now, is the first step in learning how to quiet the mind. If your can find that, your have your starting point.

It Starts with Awareness

Once I started to be aware of my thinking, a whole new perspective opened up for me. I realized for the first time that I had an undisciplined mind. A mind that jumped from thought to thought, without any regard for how I felt, I was just along for the ride. This awareness, this change in perspective was Hugh, and its from this beginning, that I’ve been able to start getting a handle on my thinking.

Realizing that a majority of my thoughts were just repetitive and often problematic, has allowed me to take control of them, now when they come up, I just let them pass, saying to myself, I’ve already thought about that enough, its only my ego at work. This little trick has improved my mood immensely.

I also started paying attention to my negative self talk and started to be aware of how self-defeating and non-productive it was. I started to think about the saying, “If your had a friend that talked to your the way your talk to yourself, would they be your friend?/” and realized that the answer would be no.

New Attitude

This awareness gave me a new attitude and it all started with exercise. By working on your body, you start paying attention to your mind. They go hand in hand, body-mind, as your start feeling better, your start thinking better. The experts are going to tell your that it takes hard work and dedication. I’m here to show your how just starting a simple exercise program, to regain muscle tone, can lead to an awareness that anything is possible. Take care of your body and the mind will follow.

Fitness for Active Baby Boomers: 70 is the new 60

When researching,” exercise older adults” or “best exercises for seniors”, I was struck by the tone of the articles. They all seemed to be written by young professionals who act as if we seniors are one step from entering a Hospital or Rehab Unit. They seem to me to be very condescending, almost to the point of insulting. The exercises they show are all for the very old or for the extremely out of shape, people who look like they just got out of Rehab or are planning to go in.

Active Boomers

These are not the people I’m reaching out to. The people that I’m interested in helping are the active Baby Boomers, seniors who realize that they need to step up their program or develop new programs to maintain what they have to build better muscle tone, so that they can continue to do the activities they love, and live longer healthier more productive lives. People, that are looking for a proven way of staying fit and active as they approach their 70s. A program that they can do in an hour or less, 3 times a week and get results. But they did list three basics that I feel makes sense.

  1. Do at least 150 minutes of walking or other aerobic exercise per week.
  2. Practice strength training 2-3 times per week, but never 2 days in a row.
  3. Stretch and do balance exercises every day.

But most of the articles then goes into detail, about specific exercises, and here is where I have a real problem, because the exercises look like we all live in an old folks homes, and use walkers. Their idea of a squat is sitting and getting up from a chair, their idea of an upper body exercise is doing a wall push up, and of course they all suggest doing 3 sets of 12 or 15 reps, which, as I’ve already mentioned is a hog wash.

It’s Insulting

To have fitness “experts” talk down to Baby Boomers, like all we’ve been doing is sitting in front of a TV eating chips, for the last 20 years is insulting. If you believe like I do that 70 is the new 60, then it’s probably upsetting to you to. That’s why I started this Website, for people who are not interested in disappearing quietly into the night. Instead, it’s for people that have a zest for life, and a desire to push the boundaries, of what’s possible. I want it known, right here, right now, that anything is possible, if you have the right attitude, no matter your age.

Tired of the Condescending Attitude

If your tired of the “experts” constantly pontificating beliefs, that only turn out to be wrong, ten or fifteen years down the road, then your in the right place. Ageism exists in our country and it’s both casual and systemic. The prejudicial attitudes towards older people, old age, and the aging process have led to discriminatory practices against older people (esp. baby boomers) in both institutional practices and policies. These attitudes perpetuate a stereotype about seniors and what it means to grow old.

Dis-empowering Beliefs

Seniors themselves are guilty of buying into the attitude of Ageism. After, all we have internalized a lifetime of the negative stereotypes ourselves. If you add to these stereotypes, the fear of death, disability or dependence, it’s no wonder that we see so much angst out there among our generation.

With advances in Medicine and our over all quality of life the last 25 years, we are seeing more and more people adopting the attitude that today’s 70 is the new 60 and even today’s 80 being the new 70. In order for this attitude to really flower Seniors have got to be willing to change their own dis-empowering beliefs about growing old.

Join the Fight

Many have started the discussion about Ageism, Pierce Brosnan, Madonna, and Kim Cattrall to name a few, so a movement is starting. This website is my “Line in the Sand” that the beliefs about Seniors, getting and staying in shape are wrong, and that the whole stereotype, of what’s possible,once you a senior is wrong. The general stereotype in our society about what it means to grow old, needs to be refuted. To be setting Goals and striving to attain them is what keeps you young, I can’t imagine a life without them.

Conclusion

A wise man once said “that as long as a Man is striving towards a Goal he is a success”. Through my many careers I’ve come to realize, that to work at something or for someone for ten or twenty years is a long time, especially now days. If you entering you 60s, now is the time to refocus and set new Goals, that will ensure that the next 10 or 20 years are not only the most enjoyable but also the most profitable. Getting or maintaining you health and fitness is the starting point., for without that nothing is possible. But once you have a firm foundation in this area, the sky is the limit. And as we have all heard countless times ” the only one who limits you is you”

 

 

 

 

The Weight Lifting Routine: An Overview

Why we Do Repetitions

We all know what one rep is right? Well just in case it’s one complete contraction of a particular muscle. So if the arm is straight and you bend it 90 degrees that counts as one rep. You have just contracted the Bicep muscle one time. The purpose of doing reps is to tire and actually “tear” the muscle, whichever muscle you are targeting. Now the “experts” will tell you that in order to get the maximum benefit, you must tear this muscle repeatedly, by doing multiple set of reps, usually a set consists of 12 reps.

The “experts” will tell you in order to get the most out of you workout you have to do tear the muscle multiple times by doing multiple sets of 12 reps. This if false, you only have to exhaust the muscle to the point of tearing muscle fiber once, doing it multiple times is a waste of time.

One Set of 12

A set should consist of between 8 and 12 reps. You adjust the weight so that you can do at least 8 reps but know more than 12. Your body position and posture should be set to the machines specifications and the slower you can do one rep the better. There is a style of doing reps called super slow but I find trying doing one rep every 20 seconds just to boring, 10 seconds a rep is just about perfect. The goal is to achieve muscle exhaustion not doing more than 12 reps. If you able to do more than 12 than add weight if you can’t do 8 reps than lower the weight. It’s that simple.

Move From Machine to Machine

The nice thing about using machine weight systems is that they allow you to excersize different muscle groups by simply changing you grip. So for a basic bicep machine there are three different grips and you do one set for each grip.You than move to the next machine adjust it to you specifications (shouldn’t take 30 to 60 seconds to adjust) and do a set for each hand position. Most Gyms have what is known as a speed line where they have between 10 to 12 machines designed to work out every major muscle group of the upper body. The object is to move from one machine to another working out 16 different upper body muscle groups give or take.

Total Body Workout

The lower body can be worked out using 5 or 6 machines same procedure and you finished. One set between 8 to 12 reps timing as perfect form you can maintain and going as slow as you can tolerate. Now you might read this and think to yourself that Dave is crazy and this doesn’t sound right. So let me share a story of when my thirty year old stepson came to visit and thought he’d like to work out with the old man. Using the weights that I was using he not only struggled to do the reps but he threw up after only doing 8 machines. so, before you scoff that this can’t possible be enough let me assure you it’s plenty.

Conclusion

Now obviously in subsequent articles I’ll be getting into specifics, about machines and postures and some fantastic tech gadgets they’ve developed over the last few years, if you like to track and monitor you progress, but I wanted to give you an overview of what I’ve found that works. Doing this routine three times a week or every other day (know more) will start getting you muscle tone, within third days, and you won’t believe the difference in the way you feel in ninety days.

As always, thanks for visiting. Dave

 

 

 

Why Everything You Believe Is Wrong

Getting Fit after age 50 is easy. The experts “Trainers” would like you to belief its

hard, because their livelihood is based on your belief, that strength training for seniors is hard and time-consuming. The Fitness Industry has flooded Mass Media with false information about

Bodybuilder Eugene Rapin from behind flexing biceps

what it takes to get into shape, build muscle mass and improve our overall sense of well-being, by insinuating that it takes guidance and supervision by trained professionals and a laborious and difficult workout regime, and that only through months of dedication, can you hope to achieve any fitness goals.

We are constantly told how we must sacrifice and strive in order to get back into shape. As, we are beginning to understand how our minds work. We’ve come to realize that our two basic operational faculties, reason and feeling, are both inherently unreliable. Although we ascribe our actions to reason, we in fact operate primarily out of pattern recognition, the logical arrangement of data serves mainly to enhance a pattern recognition system that than becomes truth.

But nothing is ever “true” except under certain circumstances and than only from a particular viewpoint, characteristically unstated. In other words simply because we have seen information from multiple sources, that strength training for seniors takes dedication, hard work, and can only be successful, under the benign supervision of trained professionals. This has created a pattern that we recognize as true and is in fact an illusion. An illusion created by the fitness industry in order to generate business.

Develop a Few Good Habits

By developing a few good habits, anyone can get physically fit and build muscle tone no matter their age. I can show you how a routine of exercizes, that take less than an hour, done every other day or a minimum of three times a week, can not only restore muscle tone, but improve coordination, balance and an overall sense of well-being. The most amazing thing about this is its simplicity. While the “experts” would like us to belief getting in shape after 50 is baffiling and complex, I have found that true answers to supposedly complex problems, have the hallmark of simplicity.

The Habits

  1. Establish and maintain a healthy diet. Again the “Diet Experts” have all kinds of advice and recommendations on what constitutes a healthy diet, that also include books, vitamins and supplements. They have gone to great lengths creating pattern attractors to make us belief in what they say. But if you have made it to age 50 you have seen fad after fad come into popularity only to be disproved and often ridiculed only a few years later. I will not insult your intelligence by going through a litany of diet advice, this website isn’t about that. Let’s just agree that a Human, that has lived for five decades knows inherently what constitutes a healthy diet. And what they need to eat to feel good. So Let’s leave it to three meals a day, consisting of the basic food groups, taking in moderation. That should be just fine.
  2. In order for the Body to rejuvenate itself its important that you get sufficient sleep. 6 to 8 hours a day is usually sufficient. We will be going over a few things that help sleep, like listening to Aura Cleansing vibrations, and reading in latter articles, but for now Let’s just keep it simple. Problems with sleep are usually caused by the simple fact that the body is not tired. You will be amazed what a simple weight lifting routine will do for your sleep. Another thing I strongly encourage and again, we will get into it, in more detail at a later date, is a 30-45 minute power nap, mid way through you day. You will find that it rejuvenates you either before or right after a brisk workout.
  3. Proper hydration throughout the day. Believe me that I’ve been real late in coming to the understanding of how important proper hydration is, to the functioning of the total body. If you want to start an exercise routine it becomes even more important. Later on we will go in depth about some things I’ve uncovered in my research but trying to drink eight 8 oz. of water a day has always posed a challenge to me and I still find it hard to do consistently.

The Promise

Most of what we belief has been formed by the creation of attractor patterns created by industries that have a vested interest that we belief in a certain way in order for us to need and desire their products or services. Just because we have a belief doesn’t mean its true. Strength training for seniors doesn’t have to be complicated or hard. As,a matter of fact just the opposite. We know that the Human Body is remarkable and its rejuvenating capabilities are miraculous. My website is devoted about talking about common sense solutions to what a lot of you may think are complex problems. Simply because Hugh Industries have evolved in pushing certain ideas and beliefs and using sophisticated physiological techniques to convince us of their viability, doesn’t mean there’re true. I’m here to tell you its all an illusion, an illusion created to make money, not to benefit you. Stick with me as I go down the many Rabbit Holes, surrounding what it means to be physically fit as a senior citizen in society today.

As always, thanks for visiting. Dave

 

 

 

 

Getting Fit when your over 50

Fitness for the over 50’s

When people over 50 hear the words physical fitness they immediately think of only the physical aspects of fitness. True physical fitness encompasses much more than that. It must include, in addition to the Body, the Mind (thoughts) and the Spirit (emotions). To get truly fit a person, especially if they are over 50 must work on all three aspects. Working on the Physical aspect while ignoring our Thoughts and Emotions is not going to get you the results you looking for.

It’ a three-pronged approach

Working all three aspects the Body, Mind and Spirit, is going to be one of the goals of this website moving forward. By ignoring your Thoughts and Emotions about fitness your setting yourself up for frustration and failure. If we don’t prepare ourselves Physically, Mentally and Emotionally for what we are trying to accomplish we’ll end up getting frustrated and quit, before we’ve even started.

Realizing that getting fit at any age but especially when you over 50, is going to take a life style change. And change at any age is hard for most people. The important thing here is to be patient with ourselves and to develop a routine that challenges us but isn’t so difficult that we dread it. Consistency, setting and accomplishing goals and being committed is just the beginning.

Consistency is doing your routine every other day or three times a week. In order to do this you have to develop a routine that you can do in an hour. Start to finish, one hour. You can exercise every major muscle group within 30 to 40 minutes. And it doesn’t have to be hard and arduous work, as a matter of fact it should be fairly easy and fun. You can establish goals for each muscle group, and monitor you progress each time you do your routine.

Commitment, something has made you want to get into shape. It may have been a Doctor, a Spouse, or just you looking in the mirror, it doesn’t matter what got you to this point. What’s important is that your here now. I have developed techniques that have enabled me to stay with a routine for over thirty years, and if it’s worked for me I know it will work for you. In subsequent articles, I will share with you, everything I know, about developing a routine that has not only been effective in maintaining muscle tone, well into my sixties, but has been fun and enjoyable as well.

 

Where to begin

You will be amazed how easy it is to get back into shape, no matter how long it’s been, or how bad of shape your in. If you’re are aware of a few things about yourself, your Mind, Body, and Emotions, you’ll be amazed on how fast you can regain muscle tone. Your muscles actually like to be worked out. I’ve read all kinds of material about this and suffice it to say that a healthy body enjoys exercise and works at it’s optimin level when it gets it. We were not designed to be sedentary, and our body show us it’s displeasure in numerous ways when we are.

The hardest thing about getting fit when your over 50 is starting. But the fact that your reading this shows your ready to start. You have had the thought that something has to change, if you want to have the life and do the things you dream about. We aren’t talking about becoming a world-class athlete, we are talking about feeling good, building muscle tone improving our coordination and balance and adopting a healthier life style.

You may have all kinds of doubts a fear about being able to do this, but if you trust me and follow some of my suggestions, I can guarantee that you’ll be better off, than you are now. Once you start getting you muscle tone,confidence and self-esteem back, all kinds of opportunities will start to present themselves to you.

The Theater of Exercise

I’m sorry to break this to you,but if you think you can do this alone, in you garage or in front of the TV in you living room, I’m here to tell you that won’t work. Everyone I know, who has tried this, has some exercise equipment, either in their garage or in the corner of their house, that is just gathering dust or being used to pile stuff on.

My experience has shown me that if you serious about getting fit in your 50s it’s going to take a community. I’m not talking about getting involved in some organized training program. What I’m talking about is having a place to go where you can exercise. I know this is going to sound strange, but going into an environment, where everybody is working on getting and or staying in shape, helps you mind and emotions get with the program. Your mind sees it, smells it, and hears it and even if you don’t feel like working out when you walk in,sometimes just being in the Theater of Exercise is enough, to get you into your routine. The psychological power of the theater is real, don’t discount it.

I can’t tell you how many times, I’ve been totally unmotivated to do anything, but by simply going to the Theater of Exercise,I’ve found myself doing my routine almost as though I were in a trance.

This theater can be a Gym in you complex, a YMCA in you community or a HEALTH CLUB or SPA near where you live, it just can’t be in you house. The most important thing besides being out of the house, is that it has to be convenient. If it is to far away or a pain to get to, it won’t work for the long term. No matter how nice the facility is, if it’s a hassle to get their, you’ll quit going within a year.

Benefits of going to the Theater

The other reason I stress a Gym or Club, is that you have examples and a lot of resources, to learn the proper techniques and positions, on whatever equipment you choose to use. We will be talking later about equipment and while a number of people swear that Free Weights are the only way to go, I have always preferred Weight Machines. They are easier to set and adjust and safer to use. But what really is important here, is learning the proper techniques, having someone check you out in how to adjust the equipment and the proper form to use is extremely important. I can’t stress enough, that in order to see benefits in any routine, technique and form are key. It doesn’t matter what equipment you prefer, there is a right way and a wrong way to use them. Save yourself a lot of frustration by learning the proper way to use whatever equipment you select for you routine.

You’ve already started

You’ve already started getting into shape by looking for a Website that might help you. I decided to do this Website to help people, especially seniors realize that there is a lot of misinformation out there on what it takes to get in shape and stay in shape. I want to share my experiences, of over thirty years of exercising,so you don’t make the same mistakes I’ve made. Developing an easy program, that is both effective and fun, is key to being able to do it, well into you senior years. The Theater of Exercise has become a Billion Dollar business, that often is just interested in the bottom line. You are capable of designing a routine for yourself, you don’t need a trainer or task master, watching you and pushing you, for that last rep. Taking your time, and realizing that progress is achieved through consistency and having fun, and that no matter how good something is for you, if it’s not fun you simply won’t do it for very long.

As always, thanks for visiting. Dave

 

 

 

 

 

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