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3 Ways to Get in Shape – Fast!

Posted By Barbara Hannah Grufferman On June 9, 2014 @ 5:54 pm In Be Your Best | No Comments

My husband calls me the Queen of Empiricism: I don’t believe something works until I try it myself.

woman doing push-up [1]For example, I didn’t think my body would ever bounce back after I turned 50. By that milestone birthday, I was almost 15 pounds heavier than I am today at 57. I was depleted of energy. I felt less than happy with how I looked.

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I was also worried about the likely health effects of a lifestyle that did not include regular exercise. Knowing I needed to get back on track, I consulted several exercise experts. Curiously enough, they all let me in on the same secret to becoming – and remaining – fit for life:

You can get your entire body in shape by doing just three exercises.

I was intrigued but filled with doubt: If these three moves really worked, why would anyone spend hundreds of dollars a year on trainers, gyms, exercise equipment and the like?

Empirical tiara perched atop my skeptical brain, I began my journey to a stronger, leaner, better body. Not only have I never looked back, but I’ve never had to look inside a gym!

Seven years later, I’m still doing these three exercises: push-ups for your arms, squats for your quads and glutes, and planks for your core. The result? By combining this daily exercise program with walking and running [3] (and with a more healthful diet), I lost the weight I needed to – and I’ve kept it off. I dropped a pant size and managed to keep my already-troubling bone density [4] from going any lower.

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As part of the ongoing series I host for AARP’s YouTube Channel, [6] here is the episode where I lay out the details of what I call my “Minimalist Program,” including demonstrations of each exercise. (Before starting any new fitness program, of course, it’s best to get the green light from your doctor.)

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[1] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/woman-doing-push-up.jpg

[2] >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter : http://www.aarp.org/online-community/people/subscribeFromEmail.action?id=19061&intcmp=ILC-EMAIL-SUB-HLTH

[3] walking and running: http://blog.aarp.org/2013/05/21/tips-for-running-after-50-best-exercise-for-50-adults-jogging/

[4] bone density: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/04/30/bone-up-on-bone-health-in-may/

[5] >> Get travel discounts with your AARP Member Advantages.: http://discounts.aarp.org/travel/index/uSource/HCTN?intcmp=AE-BL-TRV-DISC

[6] AARP’s YouTube Channel,: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLXQ-JEOv9JjFKRGps038tctU_B_6DgSvd

[7] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QtKKeX3nvuE

[8] The Best of Everything After 50: The Experts’ Guide to Style, Sex, Health, Money and More: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0762437405/ref=s9_simh_bw_p14_d0_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-3&pf_rd_r=06C91R3Q5FVTPR6HSKED&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=1388908102&pf_rd_i=283155

[9] Woman.The Nest: http://woman.thenest.com/pushup-position-knees-13493.html

[10] The Best Fashion Advice I Ever G0t: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/06/03/the-best-fashion-advice-i-ever-got/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL

[11] Want to Drop Pounds Fast? Try These Tactics: http://www.aarp.org/food/healthy-eating/info-11-2012/lose-weight-quickly-photos.html#slide1?intcmp=AE-ENDART2-BL-BOS

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