Dr. William H. Lee talks about types of exercise for older athletes.
Resistance training has a multitude of benefits including reducing body fat and lowering cholesterol. In fact, weight training is the best way to burn fat; it’s more effective for losing weight than aerobic activity because it burns calories while you’re exercising. After a resistance workout, metabolic rates remain elevated as muscle fibers are being rebuilt. Many of the calories you consume will be put to work in the repair and rebuilding process, rather than being stored as fat. And the more muscle one has, the more calories that will be burned per min. Of course training will reduce sugar and cholesterol, and is also good for stress and brain health.
Cardiovascular Exercise includes anything that raises your heart rate. It could be walking, running, swimming, biking. A good goal for ample physical work is 150 min per week. That could be 30 min 5 times per week. Cardio exercise uses both stored carbohydrates and fats for fuel. The longer and more vigorous, the more total calories are burned. The longer and more vigorous the work out, the greater the caloric burn because of the repair and growth that happens as an outcome of exercise. In addition, regular cardio exercise decreases your risk for a heart attack and also lowers insulin levels which helps reduce rates of arteriosclerosis. And multiple studies tell us that exercise is also good for the brain and cognition.
Staying flexible is vital as we age. Joint mobility proves crucial for muscular strength, proper posture and full range of motion. Flexibility is associated with balance. Gentle flexibility exercises help increase the length of connective tissues and muscles. These exercises can also help reduce stress, alleviate low back pain and greatly diminish the chance of injury. Consider doing stretches before walking or try yoga, Pilates or tai chi.
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