Since many parts of the country are still in the grip of winter, this is a great time for bodyweight exercise that you can do in your living room.
Is your gym closed during the only hours you are available to exercise? Enough of the icy roads, bitter temps, and the hassles of getting to the gym.
Bodyweight exercises! This is one of the best routines for in-home exercise.
The advantages of bodyweight exercises are:
1) Workouts are highly efficient. Since they require no equipment, you spend a minimal amount of time transitioning from one exercise to the next.
2) Your own body provides all the resistance needed to help you get fit by addressing every muscle in your body.
3) You can perform hundreds of exercises in a small space that are adapted to your fitness level.
4) Your core strength is improved as well as your flexibility and balance.
5) In-home bodyweight exercise takes care of the issues of inclement weather, time constraints, or boredom from the gym scene…plus it’s free…what a deal!
Just a reminder…if you aren’t using proper form, you can potentially hurt yourself. It doesn’t matter if you’re in a gym or in your own basement. Many people do popular exercises incorrectly, so follow the suggestions in the video for proper form. Enjoy and have a great workout!!
So, what is this ‘Pedal Power of the Baby Boomer’ cycling?
Well, you have probably seen them swooshing down the street or on a bike path, heads down and really getting after it!
They look muscular and sleek and have all the trappings of helmets, reflective clothing, the latest sport’s watch and rain gear.
So it seems that, at least for Baby Boomers, cycling is the new golf!
And, here’s why:
1) Cycling is flexible in that it lacks boundaries – you can basically go anywhere.
2) It has less impact than most other sports.
3) Once you buy your bicycle, it is relatively inexpensive.
4) In many parts of North America it can be done year-round.
5) You can be competitive or non-competitive.
6) You can ride for fitness, charity or convenience (ride to work).
7) You can literally expand your horizons and see new and different places.
We like cycling because it is such a great way to exercise, burn calories and build muscles. And, there is no added burden on the knees as there is with jogging! Also, you can go slow or fast…set your own pace.
Bicycling is a great group activity. There are bike clubs where you can meet new people. Or, better yet, ride with your kids or grandkids. It is a perfect activity for retired Baby Boomers!
If you use bike paths or rural roads, you are relatively riding for pleasure. Go online to find bike paths in your area.
Getting out in the fresh air and enjoying Mother Nature up close is definitely a benefit of riding a bicycle out doors. It is refreshing and peaceful…a special time for reflection and gratitude!
Since most of us rode bikes when we were growing up, there’s not much of a learning curve. See you out on the streets, trails and highways!
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