As we get older we may come to realize that we don’t bounce back or recover as quickly from an injury, or that the ‘spring in our step’ is not there any longer. Regular exercise definitely has a lot to do with how fast we recover, how vital we feel, and how we perform all those daily tasks and recreational activities. Just like financial planning for retirement, planning for a strong healthy body that can pull us through old age, living independent with a high quality of life also takes planning. And we need to be SMART about it.
...forever reigning champ, stress. Coming at you from actual and percieved life events, stress is the theif in the night when it comes to your health. A little stress...unchecked can cause a heart attack. Unavoidable...if you've ever worried, eaten food, exercised, or breathed anything less than country fresh air or a filtered sea breeze, your body has had to deal with elevated levels of stress.
There is definitely no reminder needed that summer is here in full force! Heat and humidity here in South Florida. It reminds me of the USMC saying that "No one ever drowned in sweat!". I am extremely happy that tech gear was developed for workouts. It beat the heck out of the all cotton tee's that I trained in as a kid. You've heard it before, but just a reminder to hydrate properly before heading out.
I recently read a fantastic book: “BALANCE In Search of the Lost Sense” by Scott McCredie which reinforces my believe that our body is an amazing machine, a super computer that is capable for making adaptations to the challenges we place upon it even at advanced age(90+ years)!
I was excited to read another article this month by Wayne Westcott, Ph.D., in the 2nd. Quarter issue of ACSM Certified News about the benefits of resistance exercise for older adults and elderly individuals.