I cannot read minds but…
I’m going to guess your first thought here is – why, at this stage in my life would I actually WANT to get in shape?
And weights, OMG – I’m a Nana….I have jeans older than most of the people at the gym.
Am I close?
It’s cuz I AM YOU. Over 60 and focusing on staying healthy and medication-free so I can continue to enjoy all of those things we all wait so very long to do…
I am so committed to living well that I got my Certification in Nutrition (also plant-based eating / physiology / weight training) AND learning about the effects of clean eating on aging and the various diseases that tend to latch on the over 50 demographic. So the “educational creds” are there…
Keep up with the adorable grandkids.
Escape scheduling knee replacements – plan travel instead.
Play golf and not HAVE to take a cart. It can be done (I know you’re saying “why?”….but it’s great cardio!)
Maybe get rid of a prescription medication or two..
Well, today I’m sharing some info on light weight training.
I’m NOT suggesting the Arnold Schwarteneggar-style of slinging enormous weights around until your arms snap off.
Research done at Tufts University shows clear benefits of light weight lifting for those of us over 50 (male or female).
By lifting light weights just two (2) times a week we can:
Help build muscle
Maintain bone density (crucial for women)
Fire up your metabolism (read: burn more calories)
Increase mobility and flexibility
Reduce your risk of falling
Maintain independence in living longer and alone without assistance!
ISN’T THIS WHAT WE WANT? YOU ARE NOT YOUR NUMBER – BE STRONGER – TAKE LESS MEDICATION!
Did you know that exercise is being used to help with mental health? True biz – movement actually triggers endorphins…the “feel good” hormones. I know, you’re thinking “It’s not the end all to end all…”. Well, it may not be the ultimate fix but, research at Harvard indicates that moving more does your body a world of good and keeps you from spiraling towards frailty and dependency.
Just 30 minutes of walking or wading into a light weight workout program will keep those joints functioning at optimal levels!
What are you doing these days to keep things lean and mean? I’d love to know – I can always use another cardio trick or weight program – and, I love to hear from you. Leave a comment and I will repost!
Sending Good Thoughts – Go GLOW!