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Charleston, South Carolina, USA - A review of the latest research on senior athletes [65 and over] in the September issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons provides some very good news, especially for baby boomers!
Being physically active may significantly improve musculoskeletal and overall health, and minimize or delay the effects of aging. “An increasing amount of evidence demonstrates that we can modulate age-related decline in the musculoskeletal system,” said the lead study author.. "A lot of the deterioration we see with aging can be attributed to a more sedentary lifestyle instead of aging itself.”
According to Jim Kirwan, the creator of Get America Moving, the really good news from this research is that it is never to late to get started though it raises two very important questions: how much exercise do you need to do and what kind of exercise should you do?
“Unfortunately there is a lot of conflicting information out there which will both mislead and confuse many people. For example, high intensity exercise is good for you but you need to introduce it gradually and progressively. However there is only so much of it that you can and should do, especially as you get older and thus it should only be a small part of a well balanced exercise program.”
Kirwan has developed a simple formula called The Exercise BASICS Formula to answer these important questions. “The BASICS stands for Baseline, Aerobic, Strength, Intensity, Cross-training and Stretching. In my view initially your focus should be on the first three and stretching as you build up to a minimum of 3 hours a week. Baseline exercise is all that unplanned physical activity you do during the day such as standing, walking and lifting and is very important in our increasingly sedentary lifestyles. Aerobic and strength exercise are the foundation stones of a well balanced exercise program and stretching is important to retain good posture and flexibility.”
“After reaching the minimum level, you should introduce higher intensity and cross-training as you progress very gradually to the optimum level of 7 hours or an average of 1 hour a day. Exercise at and between these levels are very well supported by scientific evidence” according to Kirwan.
The Get America Moving website, http://www.getamericamoving.com is dedicated to helping you ease into the best shape of your life, regardless of your age, weight or current fitness level. You can do the free 30 Day Exercise Challenge at any time and you can find many great articles and videos on the website blog; just two examples include a short series on the importance of strength exercises and another called Cardio V HIIT: Which is Better?
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