Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Exercise for Seniors

As you grow older, leading an active lifestyle is more important than ever. Regular exercise helps older adults maintain health, prevent possible injuries, and boost energy. Many seniors are not sure where to start when beginning a new exercise routine. Here are a few tips when getting started:

1. Get medical clearance from your doctor- Inform your doctor that you are beginning a new exercise program. Be sure to ask if there are any exercises you should avoid.

2. Start Slow- If you haven't exercised in a while it can be harmful to do too much when first starting your routine. Take your time and go at your own pace. There are many people in exercise classes that are all on different fitness levels...They started somewhere, so don't feel embarressed if you can't do as much as they can. The important thing to remember is that you are there to take care of yourself, at whatever fitness level you are currently at.

3. Pay close attention to any ailments or discomfort- Exercise should not hurt! If you are having any discomfort, stop what you are doing. If the pain continues, consult you physician immediately.

Consider starting a fitness class in your area. Fitness Classes are great for Seniors! They provide fun, motivation , and accountability.

Contact Sarah at sarahlowefitness@yahoo.com for current fitness classes in your area.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Eat Hot Food, Lose Weight

Turn Up The Heat!

Studies have shown that eating spicy foods may help increase weight loss. Capsaicin, the chemical that causes heat in chili peppers, has been found to increase calorie expenditure for several hours. This speads up fat use and increases metabolism.