By: Northwestern Medicine Health & Fitness Center Staff
Learn how to live your best (and healthiest) life no matter what age you are:
Brisk walking, high-intensity interval training (HIIT), swimming, cycling and running are wonderful ways to decrease body fat or maintain an already healthy lifestyle. Bodyweight exercises such as planks, burpees and squat jumps build lean muscle and increase bone density. Also, cardio boosts your cognitive health by supporting the production of new brain cells
Aerobic exercise can lessen the chance of getting cardiovascular disease in men and women. Since many women’s estrogen levels decline in their 40s, their body begins to store fat around the abdominal area. Weight-bearing, aerobic hobbies such as running, jogging and circuit training boost muscle mass.
Moderate-intensity aerobic and resistance training better adults’ memory skills. If you are a beginner, protect your joints by easing your way into cycling; working out on a cross trainer is one picture-perfect, low-impact activity.
Swimming uses all the larger muscle groups, burning plenty of calories. A pool’s weightless environment offers is an effective, low-impact physical activity. Submerging yourself in water enhances cognitive function—H2O increases blood flow to the brain.
Incorporate a healthy dose of socialization, into your workout plan, while walking with buddies.
80s and Over—Dancing
Dancing puts minimal strain on joints and ensures you stay agile. Also, dancing challenges your brain and body with new moves.
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