Fitness For Sixty Plus Women
If you’ve recently been feeling more sluggish or don’t know where to start on a new journey to exercising and weight loss, don’t be intimidated! Being a woman in your 60s or older does not mean you can’t start with a new exercise and weight loss journey! In fact, this is the perfect time to dive into a new routine for yourself! Today I’m going to discuss a few exercises to help you get on the path to a healthy, more fit you.
Start With Aerobic Activity
Staring off with aerobic activity can include several different exercise methods. Some great ones include a brisk walk either on a treadmill or outside. Others include swimming, biking, or dancing. The intensity of these activities can vary for each person depending on your current physical and health state. Start with at least 30 minutes of cardio daily with any of these activities. Aerobic activity ramps up your heart rate, burns fat and promotes overall cardiovascular health.
Another great exercise is one that will develop more muscle strength. As we get older, our muscles tend to lose mass and their tone. So it is important to start working on maintaining and growing those muscles. This doesn’t mean you need to immediately start pumping large amounts of weight; but, instead just start with some low impact strength training, such as using dumbbells around 5 to 7 pounds. Do small sets of arm and leg raises, and gradually you will start to feel your strength build as well as your overall body will tone.
Our next exercise is one that is very important and often times overlooked. This is joint stretching! As we age, our joints and tendons tend to lose their flexibility. This makes easy activities and tasks like bending much more challenging. Some basic joint stretches you can start with include head and shoulder rolls, small movements with your wrists or ankles. These rolling movements can be used on other parts of your body, as well. These simple stretches will help build your joint flexibility and have you up and moving in no time!
All of these exercises are great introductions to getting yourself on track to becoming more fit! Start light, or wherever you feel your stamina can handle, and gradually your endurance and strength will grow.