Carolyn Phillips Talks Senior Fitness

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Fit-inista Carolyn Phillips– our on air personal trainer– is back with more tips to get you in shape and what you need to do to stay that way!

Exercise is a good thing for everyone, but as we get older we need to start thinking differently about staying fit.  Carolyn has four building blocks to improve mind, mood, body and memory, that will form a great fitness program for people over 50.

1. Cardio Endurance Exercises

This includes hiking, walking, stairs and more.  As you age, you definitely want to continue to have energy, and make sure you get enough oxygen to keep the blood flowing.  One of the most popular classes out right now is Zumba, and they launched a specific program called Zumba Gold, which is a less intense workout that’s great for beginners and older exercisers.

2. Strength and Power Exercises

A lot of people think you can’t put muscle on as you get older, but you CAN put on both muscle and bone density– that’s the key here, so you don’t injure yourself as you get older and it keeps your metabolism up.

3. Flexibility

As you get older, your mobility goes down, so this is a big area of focus.  Some people can’t even turn around in their car to get their seatbelt to wrap around, so things like Pilates, yoga and stretching exercises can help you keep your range of motion.  Many of these exercises are also very relaxing and good for your mind, as well.

4. Balance

Balance is something that also starts to go as we age, so you can address this with exercises like yoga or Tai Chi.

For more from Carolyn Phillips, check out FitBehavior.com, or for all things stretching, life, love and happiness, go to Carolyn’s blog at CarolynsMenuofLife.com

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