Baby Boomers often ask:
What can I do to re-gain the muscle fitness of my youth that I am now losing as I grow older?
There is a popular common day belief: “Regular aerobic exercise is all that you need to stay young.” In reality an on-going effort in your exercise routine to build and maintain muscle tone is necessary to maintain a youthful body. Weight training combined with aerobic exercise on a regular basis, along with a healthy diet will help you speed up your metabolism as you build more youthful muscle. The end result is that you will maintain a healthy weight and achieve optimum health.
The American College of Sports Medicine now recommends weight training for every adult. The earlier you start weight training the more muscles you’ll keep as you grow older! Building a home gym and choosing the right home fitness products for weight training will help you stay on track in achieving your fitness goals. The key is to start at first with lighter weights and more repetitions to burn fat and tone up problem areas. You can always work your way up to heavier weights to build more muscle mass, as you increase your work out time and this will help reduce the risk of injuries.
For home use try lighter weights such as dumbbells, barbells and doorway chin-up bars which vary in price but are very affordable. You can also add some additional fitness products to your home gym such as a weight bench, an incline board for weight training and an elliptical machine for your aerobic portion of your workout routine which will be non-stressful to your joints but heart healthy.
If your workout becomes too laborious or routine, I would encourage you to work-out a different set of muscles each day by setting up different stations in your home gym by using various fitness products and exercise equipment to give you more variety in your work-out routine. Also working out with a friend or partner and playing some high energy music helps motivate and keeps you working out at longer intervals.
Your muscles are your primary calorie burners! Keeping your muscles active over the years by using effective weight training fitness products will not only reduce excess pounds but will help you regain that youthful muscular toned appearance as you grow older.