Frank Mikulka's Weekly Fitness Tip
Taking Up Physical Training in Later Age (June 21, 2005)

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My wife and I are approaching our sixties and are in fairly good shape. We decided to take better care of ourselves and want to start an exercise program. Any tips about getting started would be helpful. (Fred and Jane, Brentwood)Answer

Barring any health problems and with your doctorís consent, you should join a gym and seek out a trainer for a few sessions. Your trainer will teach you the basic mechanics, proper machine use and design a game plan for you to follow. You will learn resistance training using both machines and free weights; core training for balance and stability which will include mat work and a stability ball. In addition, practice cardio training using treadmill, elliptical trainer and bicycle. You will slow down the aging process and improve life quality. Because you will be working out together, motivation will be high and you will reap the health benefits to keep your marriage long and strong by improving your:

  • Cardiovascular system
  • Metabolism
  • Muscle and bone mass
  • Immune system
  • Mental abilities
  • Stamina
So Fred and Jane, itís time to get physical!

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