The Best Anti-Aging Exercises
Nothing can turn back the clock, but there are some exercises that can help keep your body ‘young’ as you age. In celebration of Healthy Aging Month, I have some recommended anti-aging exercises:
Squats: If you want to stay young, do squats! By doing squats, you are working out the entire body – particularly, hamstrings, hips, glutes and quads. As a result, it also strengthens your body’s core. These exercises also help improve your balance and your level of coordination. As an added bonus, squats reverse aging by building up your bone density.
Walking: While it may seem to be a rather common exercise, walking is a weight-bearing activity that helps you to perform against the natural gravity that surrounds you. Both your bones and muscles benefit and the overall functionality of the entire body is optimized.
Climbing Stairs: Climbing stairs is an easy activity that will work all of the muscles in your lower section. This includes the calves, glutes, quadriceps and hamstrings. Best of all, as you progress in this exercise, your bones and joints will build up strength. As you get older, this age reversing exercise will help you enjoy a higher level of endurance.
Resistance Training: Resistance training improves the strength of your muscles and optimizes your endurance level. You can integrate bands, weights, bars, dumbbells and similar items into your standard work out to add resistance.
Core Exercises: Strengthening your core is one of the best things you can do for your overall fitness. A strong core, which includes your abs, obliques and lower back muscles, help keep your body balanced and stable, helps you maintain proper posture and keep your spine stable.
One suggested exercise is a plank. The plank is one of the best exercises for core conditioning but it also works your glutes and hamstrings, supports proper posture and improves balance. In addition, there are many progressions that can be done from a standard plank hold.
Balance Exercises: Falls are a major concern for adults as they age and can lead to broken bones, head trauma or worse. There are a several exercises which can help you work on your balance.
One suggested exercise is the single-leg balance and reach. It’s as easy as learning to shift your weight from one leg to the other and then slowly being able to balance on only one leg.
When engaging in physical activities, you should focus on those that work the mind and the body. When you do, that exercise will reverse the aging process.
If you’re unsure how to do some of these exercises, contact me at Train with Nicole so I can ensure you are using the proper form to avoid injury.