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Top 5 Senior Fitness Mistakes - Part 2

We are looking at the five most common senior fitness mistakes.

#3 – Neglecting Balance

If you are exercising regularly, your workout program probably consists mainly of cardiovascular exercise with perhaps a little strength training mixed in. This is a good start, but don’t forget to add in some balancing exercises.

Your balance will deteriorate as you age if you don’t use it. Throwing in five or ten minutes a day of balance training can help counter that. Better balance can also improve the overall quality of your workouts because it allows you to do more difficult exercises without feeling unstable.

#4 – Using the Wrong Weight

This mistake can be somewhat comical to observe. When strength training, men often tend to use too much weight. This is pretty common for males of all ages. We want be the strongest person in the room, and we want everyone else to notice our weight-lifting prowess.

Unfortunately, lifting a heavier weight often comes at the expense of actually doing the exercise correctly. So next time you’re lifting, ask yourself, “If I were using a little lighter weight, would my form be any better?” If the answer is yes, use the lighter weight.

Women, on the other hand, tend to use too light of a weight. This often comes from the misguided notion that if they use too much, they will bulk up and have ugly, enormous muscles. This is quite unlikely, especially for seniors.

The muscular women you may have seen in magazines probably lift weights every day for an hour, and then go home to have a protein shake, a whole chicken, a steak, a can of tuna, and perhaps a steroids cocktail to wash it down. You are not going to turn into that woman just by using a four-pound dumbbell twice a week.

If you are doing an exercise for a set of fifteen reps, and you get done with the set and feel like you could have done five more reps without a problem, you need to use a heavier weight. You should feel your muscle getting tired by the end of your set.

#5 – Starting Too Late

It is very common for people to only start exercising once their doctor tells them their cholesterol or blood pressure is too high and they better get moving. Why not try to prevent these things from happening? Instead of waiting until you can’t stand to look at yourself in the mirror, why not start exercising now so you never get to that point?

If you haven’t been working out lately, it’s not too late. Start now. The sooner, the better. Trust me, you’ll be glad you did.


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