Over 50? It’s Not Too Late to Get Fit!

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If you’re over 50 and you want to get started on the path to fitness and better health, there is good news. It’s never too late to get fit! Don’t let anyone tell you that it’s impossible to lose the middle-age spread that has widened your hips and given you a belly pooch. You can slim down and firm up flabby muscles. First, see your doctor for a complete physical. Take precautions to accommodate any limitations or illness, such as osteoporosis or diabetes. Consult a fitness expert or hire a personal trainer and GET MOVING!
The first step to fitness and a trimmer body is to exercise. If you’ve been sedentary most of your life or exercised only sporadically, start slow. Walking is a great way to get fit and lose weight. Start by walking around your block 1 time every morning or evening for 7 days. Start the next week with a walk around the block 2 times. Gradually increase the pace and distance you walk each day until you can walk at a brisk pace for a full 30 minutes.
Change your diet. Put away the soda, sugar and fatty foods. Replace sugary sodas with flavored water or a sugar free variety of your favorite food. Switch to low-fat or skim milk. Replace junk food snacks with fruits and nuts. Drink plenty of water, too.
Add strength training to your weekly fitness routine. Try to do some bodyweight exercises 2 to 3 days each week. Push-ups, sit-ups, crunches and squats are challenging functional exercises that use your own weight against the force of gravity to increase muscle mass and improve your endurance.



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About Robin R.
I’m an AFPA certified personal trainer & nutrition consultant, NASM certified corrective exercise specialist, NASM certified youth exercise specialist, online fitness coach and freelance writer specializing in health and fitness. I hold a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the University of San Francisco and a Master of Science in natural health. I specialize in weight loss, functional strength training, total body toning, aerobic conditioning, plyometric training, nutrition planning, and home-based boot camp style workouts for women. My goal is to make every personal training session fun and effective for my clients. My services include both in-home personal training and online fitness coaching.

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