regular exercise
Improves physical and Mental helath

Regular exercise is one of the best things we baby boomers can do to improve the state of our body and mind. It benefits every part of our body, strengthening our muscles and bones, improving circulation, and generally helping us function more efficiently both mentally and physically.

A regular exercise program doesn't necessarily mean participating in an aerobics class at your local health club. There are many different types of exercise. Choose whatever is best for you. Walk, lift weights, pilates, gardening, dancing, water aerobics, bicycle , row a boat, golf, badminton, shuffleboard, tennis, ping-pong, bowl, swim, scuba dive, or yoga.

Find about the many benefits of yoga in Yoga, the Sanskrit word for "union", is a practice that uses posture and breathing techniques to induce relaxation and improve strength.

Be sure of course to consult with your doctor before starting any fitness program.

Self motivation

3 adults on exercise bike

Challenge yourself beyond the comfortable, sweat a little; it's good for your skin. The important thing is to participate in some kind of physical activity every day. If regular exercise is already a part of your life, that's fantastic. Start to increase your activity by 5-10 minutes a day.

Do you feel more motivated when you are with friends? Then talk to them and find out who's ready to get up of her or his behind and both of you start motivating each other.

Are you too busy? No such thing. That's just an excuse. Set your alarm a half hour earlier and participate in an early morning workout in front of your TV. There are dozens exercise programs on cable and local channels or download an exercise app to your computer, pad or cellphone.

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Find a fitness program that's right for you

If daily exercise is not part of your schedule, decide to do something, anything physical, twice a week for 15 minutes each time and gradually work your way up to five days a week, 30 minutes each time. Go at your own pace.

The importance of exercise increases with age, so no matter if you're 40, 50 or 80, male or female, everyone needs to be physically active. What you need to do is decide what is best for you. Find an activity that's fun, yet challenging. Below are a few questions that can help you choose a fitness program that's right for you:

  1. When during the day can I set aside a half hour for myself?
  2. Do I want to participate in a group activity, by myself, or with one or a few friends?
  3. What activities should I limit or avoid because of physical restrictions or handicap?
  4. What activities do I enjoy most?
  5. Where can I exercise?
  6. What activities are available in my community?
  7. Do I prefer a set routine or do I want diversification?

Allow your answers to help you come up with a daily exercise program that: you will enjoy, is challenging, fits your schedule, and will keep you motivated to continue.

A note about stretching exercises: A very important and critical part of any physical activity for us women baby boomers is stretching. Let's face it, no matter how fit we might be, we are more prone to injury then we once were. Stretching exercises are a vital part of any exercise program. Be sure to stretch before and after any activity to avoid injury and improve muscle and joint flexibility.

Check out Stretching Tips. It's an excellent stretching guide that can help you Eradicate Muscle Pain for Good & Recover from Injury Faster!

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