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GET FIT FASTER
    ...Rev Up Your Workout

More and more studies continue to shows that older exercisers have the youthful potential to gain strength and
endurance if they work hard at it.

Most people who understand this potential understand that one of the main keys to losing weight, getting fit, and
developing an healthy lifestyle is through regular exercise.

Correction...that key is regular,
more intense exercise!

Why more intense?
    Results!

    The goal of this exclusive MyBestYears.com eColumn is to focus on getting stronger
    through very simple principles:

  • Spirit—what you are on the inside is infinitely more important than what you are on
    the outside.
  • Steel—every Seasoned Senior™ should include a fitness system of weights and
    resistance training.
  • Strength—getting stronger should always include a balance of aerobics,
    stretching and a strength-maximizing diet.

    Even with these three foundations, all the best-laid plans for wellness and wholeness get
    a bit tiring without results. Going week after week with little or no improvement can be
    disheartening, often leading to "why should I bother?"

Your body and mind naturally seeks homeostasis. No one really likes change except a wet baby. That's why you
must consistently push yourself to change, regardless if your natural tendencies are to take it easy, take a break
from all that tedious exercise or give it up altogether.

Shattering Plateaus
In the end, it is up to you to realize that you are stronger than your
natural tendencies to seek the comfort of plateau. It is up to you to
break through to another level. And it up to you to make the
decision to
take your workouts up a notch!

Want to see faster results? Here are three basics to focus on
as you get off that frustrating plateau where you have stayed
for tooooooooo long:

Do more stretching every day. No matter what exercise program
you do, stretching plays a significant role in maximizing your efforts while minimizing injury. Seek new muscle
groups to focus on as you stretch. You can never stretch enough!

  1. Have two or three separate workout schedules to alternate days during the week. Some people
    like doing more walking/jogging with minimal strength exercises on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, with
    another type of aerobic exercise such as biking combined with a heavier strength workout on Tuesdays and
    Thursdays. Some like to do another type of exercise on Saturday, such as a longer bike ride or dancing.
    Variety is definitely the spice of life when it comes to breaking through plateaus.
  2. Mix up your aerobic workouts by alternating periods of faster walking/biking/swimming/jogging
    with slower recovery times. These harder versus easier intervals give your heart and lungs a great
    workout, which is vital for cardiovascular health, as well as boosting metabolism so you burn more calories
    and fat, which translates to faster weight loss. These harder periods result in increased fat and calorie burn
    even after you’re done exercising.
  3. Do a total body strength and resistance workout, especially on your heavier workout days. This
    helps work several muscle groups simultaneously and focuses on exercises that strengthen your core
    groups, those vital muscles in your abdomen, back, pelvis and hips. You won't believe what this does to
    promotes better balance, stability, good posture and coordination, nor how it tones your arms and legs while
    increases your flexibility.


Research has found that if you take it up a notch, challenging yourself to do more and more as you incorporate
variety into your daily routine, you will not only rev up your metabolism and lose weight faster (getting off those
frustrating weight-loss plateaus), you’ll also tone your body and take inches off your waistline at the same time!

A FINAL NOTE
Become totally involved with each workout, each set and each
rep. Focus on the performance of the exercise, the muscles
involved and the feelings that result. Look for your particular
groove and sense the burn. Training form is your priority and
practice makes perfect. Don't be too anxious to overload your
body and do more than you can handle. This will too often result
in injury and soreness, which sometimes brings disappointment
and discouragement.

And whatever you do, find a way to do it with enthusiasm. There
is nothing like a fire burning inside you to break past each plateau. Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote,
"Enthusiasm is one of the most powerful engines of success. When you do a thing, do it with all your might. Put
your whole soul into it. Stamp it with your own personality.  Be active, be energetic, be enthusiastic and faithful,
and you will accomplish your object. Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm."

Break past those plateaus. Get fit faster. Rev it up a notch...with enthusiasm!
Spirit. Steel. Strength.
Stated simply, the goal of this exclusive eColumn is to focus on getting stronger through very simple principles:
Spirit—what you are on the inside is infinitely more important than what you are on the outside.
Steel—every Seasoned Senior™ should include a fitness system of weights and resistance training.
Strength—getting stronger should always include a balance of aerobics, stretching and a strength-maximizing diet.
MyBestYears.com NOTE:
Strength-building and physical fitness can make your life better in so many ways. It's never too late to make the decision
to become more active. However, it is always advisable to check with your physician/health practitioner before making
lifestyle changes.
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