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Julie
I have read and re read the different e books when I need inspiration to do my work out. By the time I am 2 paragraphs in (to Female Fat Loss Over 40), I am ready to get my work out clothes on and go for it. I really enjoy the challenging work outs and the audio book with the different timing intervals makes it easy!! I am really enjoying your program, particularly these 2 months which are especially busy for me. I can’t always make it to Boot camp but I feel so much better when I exercise. It’s great to have the option of doing a challenging workout at home. I am looking forward to taking your program on my next vacation. Thanks!!

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Hey Shawna, I bought the FFLO about a month ago and have finally started using it on Tuesday. I quit waiting for Monday to start it. It's just been 3 days but I can already tell that it is working. I sleep better and want to eat better so that I'll see results. How can I mess up with menus and workouts spelled out for me? I know what I need to do and have worked with trainers over the years to know that your program will work. For me it has just been a matter of getting started. I gained 15 lbs over the winter and need to get it off. I was diagnosed 2 years ago with Type 2 diabetes so exercise is a key part of my health. I love to walk / run but I know that with the interval training I will not only see the results I want on my body but my blood sugar will be where it needs to be. The interval training is a great workout for me in the morning. Then in the evenings I can walk for stress relief and to just relax. I saw myself in your message yesterday about the woman who still tries to walk everyday for 2 hours - who has time for that? I enjoy your blogs and am glad that I found you on Facebook! To good health!

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Fit Past 50

Some of the best exercise programs for aging adults.

Don’t ever think you’re too old to get in shape. Whether you’re in your 50s, 60s, 70s, or beyond, exercise provides health benefits for anyone at any age or stage in life. Even if you haven’t exercised in decades, there’s no shame in starting today. An exercise program for adults over 50 should be designed by your trainer to help you stay mobile, build muscle and bone strength, and improve balance.

You may feel too old or out of shape to go running or do a bench press, but you’re not too old to take up one of the following workouts. Just be sure to get the okay from your doctor before beginning a new exercise program, especially if you have health concerns or physical limitations.

Walking

Considered one of the best workouts you can do and also one of the simplest and most accessible, walking can be done morning, noon, or night, indoors on a treadmill or outside around the block. It’s one of the few things in life that is free.

All you need is a supportive pair of shoes. A low-impact workout, walking is also easy on your joints. With the ability to burn up to 300 calories an hour, a regular walking regime can keep you fit and trim. Gradually increase the number of steps you take each day to work your way up to 10,000 steps a day.

Swimming

Another recommended exercise for older adults is swimming. Not able to swim laps? Try water aerobics exercises. Also low-impact, swimming may be the best exercise for people with stiff, achy joints. Since the buoyancy of the water supports 90 percent of your bodyweight, you get a workout without putting pressure on your joints. Additionally, swimming provides a cardio workout along with strength training, so your heart, muscles, and bones all benefit.

Strength Training

Strength-training exercises are especially beneficial for preventing bone and muscle loss, two problems faced as you age. Working against some form of resistance leads to increases in bone and muscle mass. Free weights and weight machines may not appeal to you, so ask your trainer to help design a simple workout using bodyweight exercises. Examples of simple exercises include wall push-ups, squats, bird dogs, climbing stairs, and single-leg stands.

Resistance-band exercises are another form of strength training. Using an elastic band, perform exercises such as seated rows, chest punches, bicep curls, bent over rows, and leg presses.

Yoga

Build muscle, increase mobility, manage stress, and get in shape with yoga. It’s low-impact and weight-bearing, so it works to strengthen muscles and bones while being gentle on the joints. Find a yoga class designed for older adults and sign up. Before your class, let your instructor know of any physical limitations you may have.

Cycling

Stay fit as you age with cycling. This low-impact cardio workout builds leg strength, burns calories, and strengthens your heart. Whether you prefer riding outdoors on bicycle trails or indoors on a stationary bike, you can choose a pace, distance, and incline that meets your fitness level and helps you reach your fitness goals.

Pilates

Pilates is another type of exercise recommended for older adults. One of the main benefits of Pilates is its focus on increasing core strength. A strong core improves balance and coordination and makes everyday activities easier, all of which are important fitness goals as you age. If you’ve never tried Pilates, sign up for a beginner class and see if it’s a good fit for you.


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