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Exercising as we age 'will improve health'

As we age, our metabolism slows down and it our lives are often too busy to sign up to gym inductions or spend time faffing around with faddy diets. Instead, keeping an eye on your weight doesn't have to be difficult, as long as you approach it with consistency.

According to Anna Mason, founder of Distance Dieters, the most effective way to exercise is just to do it regularly - schedule a time in which you can work out every week and stick to it.

"Exercise at least three times each week but preferably each day for a minimum of 15 minutes," she advised.

The type of physical activity you do will depend on what aims you want to achieve. If you want to tone up muscles, choose resistance training, working with weights and flexible exercises to increase bone density and sculpt long, lean muscles.

"Walking, jogging, running, rowing, cycling and any exercise which gets the whole body moving will help to improve the cardiovascular system, improving the blood flow and oxygen supply," Ms Mason pointed out.

"Our joints become tighter as we age, and taking a flexibility class or a Yoga class will help to prevent this. The key is to find exercise you enjoy and make it a part of your lifestyle."

Investing in a quality Yoga mat and using it for a quarter of an hour every morning could be a great way to incorporate exercise into your daily routine without feeling like you have to force yourself onto the treadmill. It will also set you up for the day, as performing your sun salutations will leave you feeling calm and relaxed ahead of a busy schedule.

Supermodel Christie Brinkley, who is 58, swears by her Yoga workout, as she told Becomegorgeous.com.

"I try to get some exercise every day, and I usually average four or five times a week. I love Yoga classes, but if I don't have time for them, I just roll the mat down in my bedroom and go through some sun salutations to sort of warm up for the day," she told the publication.

Posted by Freya Harper

 
 
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