Exercise for Over 40’s

situp6Personal wellness is fundamental to happiness. Genetics are important, but not as important as lifestyle choices. Not everyone we work with loses weight or triples their strength, but we can absolutely promise that if you start exercising with us, you’ll feel better and improve your health. Consider how important exercise can be in dealing with the following issues.

Weight Management                                                                                       Fad diets and fast weight loss programs seldom lead to long-term success. Cutting calories too low can hazardous to your health and make long term weight management more difficult. Controlling weight requires a lifetime commitment to exercise, healthy eating, and successful management of emotional issues. If you need to lose weight, don’t plan on losing more than one to two pounds per week. And remember, 90% of successful dieters exercise.

Cancer Prevention
One large study concluded that that the sedentary ran four times the risk of getting cancer, compared to the physically fit. Most cancers can be prevented by limiting exposure to known carcinogens (including too much sun and cigarette smoke), drinking moderately, maintaining good nutritional habits, and getting regular exercise and periodic health exams.

Heart Health
Keeping the heart healthy is basic to life. There is nothing you can do about heredity, gender, or aging, but the cause of most cardiovascular problems are lifestyle related. Physically active patients reduce their risk by half compared to sedentary patients. See a cardiologist if you have a family history of heart disease or diabetes. He’ll make sure your blood pressure, cholesterol, and other relevant numbers are under control.

A major clinical trial released recently by the National Institute of Health reported that participants randomly assigned to lifestyle intervention reduced their risk of getting type-2 diabetes by 58%, compared to only a 31% reduction for those treated with metformin. If you already have diabetes, strength training can improve glucose clearance by 20%.

If you have a flare-up, do not exercise that day. Otherwise, the best thing you can do for your condition is to get moving. Extended abstinence from physical activity exacerbates both the systemic and muscular-skeletal consequences of the disease. Strength training will stabilize and cushion the joints involved, reduce pain and allow you to move more easily.

Osteoporosis is a systemic disease characterized by low bone mass and deterioration of bone tissue that renders bone more susceptible to fracture. The good news is that its progress can be arrested, and bone density actually increased. The most important step is to begin a regular program of weight-bearing exercise. Strengthening muscles also reduces the risk of falling by improving balance.

Since our company is oriented toward working with people over the age of 40, all of our trainers well understand what people your age can, and cannot do. We’ve worked with people into their 90’s. So if you’ve never exercised or have not done so for many years, give us a call on 703-904-0053. We can help.


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