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A Senior Citizen Exercise Regime

Mar 4, 2008
When we select a workout program and try to follow it religiously we tend to ignore the finer points and the import of the workout regimen in its totality. Most people concentrate on loosing weight, some try to build muscles, and some would exercise simply to remain fit. What is ignored is that any exercise regime will not be completely beneficial unless it is followed in a manner to derive maximum benefit.

Strenuous exercise by itself does not give optimum results. Any exercise procedure should include a controlled and monitored diet. If you are exercising daily and eating junk food without giving any thought to the calorie intake, the benefits derived from exercise is bound to be nullified. More than that, exercise and healthy diet need to become a way of living rather than means to only build muscles or loose weight.

Exercise will help you to keep fit but it is no guarantee that you will remain fit always. Exercise and diet should go together to make it a lifestyle which can last long. Once that is accomplished, both become a habit and help in old age.

Moreover, as age catches up on us we need different exercises, say, seniors exercise, than what we are accustomed to during our prime years. A regulated diet and a typically supportive lifestyle complement exercise and stand in good stead when it is time to convert to a seniors exercise regimen.

Fact is as we grow older, we need to keep in shape more than the younger generation. With age the capabilities of the entire body system, muscles, organs, and mind, deteriorate and need more care than before. The changed lifestyle that you adopt in younger age comes in handy later in life. It then becomes simply a matter of shifting from the earlier exercises to a seniors exercise regime.

Many places, like YMCAs have separate sections for seniors exercise. They take special care by providing them with swimming pools, sauna baths, and hot tubs, which are more suitable for seniors than an exhausting workout. Seniors exercise coupled with some multivitamin tablets and sufficient water intake is more than enough for seniors. At their age, seniors cannot be expected to undergo the stress of a 15 miles treadmill run or a bench of 350. The idea of a personal trainer at that age is another option that should be considered if it is affordable. A personal trainer for seniors exercise will guide you through with his expertise.

When we are young we feel that all talk of a regulated diet, change in lifestyle is irrelevant. We ignore it at a great cost to us. The realization comes when, as seniors, we find it difficult to even do the simplest of exercise which appeared mundane earlier.
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