Taking Time Off Exercising?

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  1. Taking Time Off Exercising?


    ‘You Can’t Afford to Take Two Months Off’

    By Prime Fit Content

    Dan Ritchie is president and co-founder of the Functional Aging Institute, the nation’s leading business source for gyms and studios helping people over 55. He also has his own studio, Miracles Fitness, in West Lafayette, Indiana. So, he has valuable perspective as a consultant, coach and business owner.

    Dan spoke recently with us and a group of fitness professionals from around the country. Here are some thoughts he shared about how fitness for “older” people is shaping up during and after Covid-19.

    As you know, more states are loosening restrictions on businesses, and gyms in some states have been allowed to reopen.

    Dan says it’s important for everyone in this demographic to keep exercising on a regular basis – regardless of current regulations or guidelines in each state. So, whether you’re at home or willing and able to go to a fitness center, take charge of your fitness every day.

    “Exercise is vital for functional longevity, no matter how you do it,” says Dan, who has a doctoral degree in Health & Kinesiology from Purdue University. “You can’t afford to take two months off.”

    That’s why many gyms, including ours, have provided online training, video workouts and more to keep people moving and motivated.

    The vast majority of older people don’t exercise at all – and that was true even before the coronavirus hit.

    The US government and the World Health Organization say adults should get 150 minutes of moderately intense cardio exercise per week, or 75 minutes of vigorous activity. Also, we should all participate in resistance training at least twice a week to maintain strength, balance, bone health and more.

    After age 50 or so, exercise becomes even more important to help maintain physical and mental health – and to maintain social bonds. During the coronavirus lockdown, it has been easy for many “older” people to stay at home and risk not only inactivity but also isolation. That’s another reason it’s important to reach out to family and friends.

    Online training has been a surprise hit with mature people who have found it a great way to stay in touch with others.

    Dan also calls it “ageism” to perpetuate the myth that mature people can’t learn to use technology, like Zoom on a computer, to stay active. We definitely know that one’s not true, given how many of you are participating in our online workouts!

    If it’s time to return to the gym or studio, make sure you’re satisfied about cleanliness practices.

    “The consumer has to know that fitness is vitally important, but that doesn’t mean they should feel like they’re taking a risk going into a dirty gym with no clear policies,” Dan says. “So, think about what support you need to maintain a fitness regimen whether you’re at home or willing and able to return to the fitness center.”

    The important thing is, this is not a time to wait it out, doing nothing.

    You’ve got to move your body every day. We’re here to help you stay strong!

  2. Do this FIRST thing in the morning…

                                                                      This one thing can change EVERYTHING

    I have a quick tip this morning that can power up your day FAST. First thing in the morning, as soon as you wake up, drink a big glass of water … 8 to 16 ounces!

    Do this for two reasons:

    • Because it’s incredibly good for your body and (more below)
    • It has a powerful effect on your mindset that can extend throughout the day (keep reading!)

    Now, you already know the health benefits of water (my top 6 favorites are below because they’re awesome enough to repeat). But the mindset benefit might be my favorite one.

    A study in England found that doing ONE SMALL THING (like drinking a glass of water!) can set off a cascade effect that will help carve new habits for a lifetime!

    The study was to help healthcare workers provide better guidance to their patients in creating healthier lifestyles.

    “Forming one ‘small’ healthy habit may thereby increase self-confidence for working towards other health-promoting habits,” they wrote in their study.

    Staring with a small one is because when you master one healthy new habit, you begin creating a very powerful trait called SELF-EFFICACY.

    SELF-EFFICACY = Your personal belief in yourself that you CAN accomplish your goals (and anything you set your mind to!).

    The more you follow through with what you commit to, the more you learn to trust yourself, which in turn helps you create more intentions and conquer more habits.

    Starting “small” (like drinking a glass of water) is BIG because it increases your chances of being successful.

    NOTE: It’s super important to focus on DOING one thing (i.e., drinking water), vs. NOT DOING something (not eating fried foods). You can’t make a habit of NOT doing something. 🙂

    1. Are you ready to know my favorite reasons to drink water?

    Top 6 Reasons to Drink Water in the Morning

    • Water boosts your metabolism. (#truth)
    • Being hydrated keeps your appetite down.
    • Having enough water in your system revs up your digestion.
    • Being hydrated improves mental focus and alertness.
    • You’ll have better workouts.
    • Your skin has better tone and is “plumper.”

    Even a 2% decrease in your hydration can have a powerful effect on how you feel and move!  Pretty crazy.

    One way to remember to drink your water is to think of a wilting houseplant. You know how when you give that plant a big drink, it springs back to life?  Your body – comprised of 55 to 60% water – appreciates being refreshed with water too!


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