After we turn 50, it isn't unusual to get a bit out of shape. Too many of us, though, think that certain parts of our bodies are just supposed to be less toned, and not as strong.
But it doesn't have to be that way. There are simple things we can do to get our bodies back . . . one area at a time.
I've started a new series for the AARP YouTube Channel which will focus on all the things we can do to make our lives better as we age, including getting fitter and stronger. This week, we'll focus on one area that vexes many women over 50, but which can be helped with one fantastic exercise.
SPOTLIGHT ON ARMS
In addition to fighting osteoporosis, the Push-Up is the gold standard for whipping arms into great shape. But you have to do them right to make them really work. And, don't be discouraged if you can't do the full Push-Up right away. Build up to it, like I did. Take it slow, but definitely incorporate this excellent and efficient exercise into your daily fitness program. You will see amazing results in a very short amount of time. But the best part will be what you don't see at all: you'll be building better bones which will be strong and ready to battle osteoporosis. And that's what it's all about.
Check out this short instructional video about how to do the Push-Up, and please consider subscribing to the series. You can also go to the AARP YouTube Channel to check out the other videos in "The Best of Everything" series, including one on Running After 50.
Remember this: We can't control getting older . . . but . . we can control how we do it!
I'm the National Osteoporosis Foundation 'Ambassador for Bone Health' and a fierce champion of positive aging. For more tips on living your best life after 50 (or 60, or 70...) check out "The Best of Everything After 50: The Experts' Guide to Style, Sex, Health, Money and More" and www.bestofeverythingafter50.com. Keep me posted on how you're doing by subscribing to me on Facebook and "tweeting" me on Twitter at @BGrufferman. Check out the full video series-"The Best of Everything"-on the AARP YouTube Channel.
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