In a world of fad diets and health gimmicks
that fail to deliver on the promises they make, simple exercise has stood the
test of time and proven that it is still the best anti aging secret available.
Studies have shown that working up a sweat, raising your heart rate, and pumping some iron can make you look and feel younger and add years to your life.
Researchers have found that besides impacting your muscle and fat tissue, exercise induces changes that benefit your brain and other internal organs to possibly reduce or reverse certain age-associated declines.
Advantages of Anti Aging Exercise
Younger Brain: Exercise can improve learning and memory and some studies have shown that it improves your brain's ability to grow new cells.
Younger Heart: On average, regular exercisers have the heart function of someone 10 years younger as well as a lower rate of heart attack or stroke.
Younger Bones: Resistance exercises help improve bone density, which contributes to strong, youthful posture and a lower risk of osteoporosis.
Younger Skin: Getting your blood flowing will help flush toxins from the body and encourage collagen production so that your skin stays taut and develops fewer wrinkles.
Younger Muscles: Exercise can help you maintain muscle mass so those areas that tend to sag as you age will stay tight and firm.
Younger Mood: Studies have shown that the benefits of a healthy active lifestyle can help fight the effects of stress, which is a major contributor to aging. And, with less stress, not only will you look younger, but you will feel happier and more relaxed.
You know that exercise will help you look and
feel younger longer, but choosing the right workout for the best results
is very important. There are certain problem areas that tend to be affected the
most by aging, such as the arms, abs, and glutes, so it is beneficial to choose
exercises that will target these specific zones.
Lie on your back with your legs straight
up in the air, feet together or ankles crossed.
Slowly lower your legs toward
the floor, making sure not to lift or arch your lower back. Raise your legs
back to starting position.
If this exercise is too difficult at first, begin by
doing one leg at a time.
Dumbbell Front Row
No anti aging exercise routine would be
complete without working your shoulders.
Hold weights in your hands with palms
facing behind you and arms straight down at your sides.
Raise your arms
straight out in front of you to about shoulder height. Lower to starting
Sit on the edge of a secure chair or bench and extend your legs
straight out, feet together.
Place your hands on either side of your hips and
grip the edge of the bench or chair. Slide your butt off the edge of the
surface and slowly lower yourself until your elbows are at a 90 degree angle.
yourself back up to starting position. This exercise is great for your triceps
and will help keep those “bat wings” away
Kim Demonstrating the Tricep Dip
Hold weights in your hands with palms facing forward and
arms straight at your side.
Slowly bend your elbows and raise the dumbbells toward your shoulders and then lower them back to your starting position.
Tip: To work your forearms, you can
perform the hammer curls, which is the same exercise except that your palms are turned facing the body.
Kim Demonstrating Bicep Curls
Aerobic Anti Aging Exercise
Every well-balanced workout will include a combination
of aerobic and resistance/weight training exercises. To get the blood flowing
and enjoy the full benefits of an anti aging exercise routine, make sure to add some
cardio activity like an elliptical workout at least 3 times a week.
Choose exercises you enjoy. There are a lot of anti-aging
exercises to choose from so try to find what works for you. This way you will
be more likely to stick to it.
Take the time to stretch. Begin and end each workout with a few stretches to keep your muscles strong and pliable, and reduce the risk of injury.
Drink plenty of water. Most experts agree that staying hydrated will help your body function properly, keep your skin clear, and fight off fatigue. And, if you are exercising, you will need to replenish the fluids lost during your workout.
An ongoing anti-aging exercise plan can help fight the aging process so you can live a healthy and active life.
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