Do you include Anti-Aging Exercises in your weekly routine? You can't travel the straight and narrow path of clean living without exercise. “But I don't want to spend hours in the gym,” you may say. Well, of course not. Sweating it out in the gym is not the only way to get in a good workout that leads to better-looking skin and overall youthfulness. Of course a healthy skin care routine keeps skin bright and beautiful but also Yoga and Pilates are exercises that give you the flexibility needed to combat aging. The key to success with these workouts lies in the concepts of BE-FIT and BE-SAFE.
Well, duh! Of course, you want to be fit and safe
Yeah, no, that's not what we mean when we say BE-FIT, BE-SAFE. The phrase is actually an acronym that stands for all of the elements needed to get in a good workout that contributes to youthfulness. FIT stands for frequency, intensity, and time. You want a Yoga or Pilates routine that challenges you to perform at your best, but you don't want to try poses that force you to take time off from workout sessions later on during the week because of injury. Counterproductive much?
The amount of time per day that you spend in-session is also critical to a good anti-aging workout. Many gym-goers can engage in a Yoga or Pilates session for more than 60 minutes with a few breaks in between. The rest may not be able to hold out as long the first time around. Consider a 30-minute aerobic routine at least three times per week to start. Your body will tell you when it's time to take the next step so that you can build a healthy routine that is challenging without going overboard.
BE-SAFE is another component of exercising for the sake of remaining young. The letters represent the elements of balance, endurance, strength, and flexibility. Aerobic exercises such as cycling, walking and running promote balance and endurance. Older individuals may find swimming and a Yoga pose here and there are more suitable since the workout routines are gentle options that also strengthen the muscles. Yoga also provides the flexibility needed to completely live out the BE-SAFE acronym.
High-Intensity Interval Training Anti-Aging Exercises
It’s not for the faint of heart, but high-intensity interval training (HIIT) is necessary for strengthening the cardiovascular system and keep the body young. There are many benefits associated with HIIT that include:
- Expanded lung volume
- Increased weight loss
- Better metabolic rates
- More bone strength
- Firmer control of blood sugar
With all of these incentives, some people may deem it necessary to jump into an HIIT program with all intensity; this, of course, is a mistake. It is important to begin any fitness routine slow and work your way up to intense moments. Consider starting the routine with short intervals of high energy and effort that do not extend beyond 30 seconds. The time frame doesn't sound like much, but repetitive motions that challenge your body to work various muscles at once have a way of making moments feel like a lifetime. Take full advantage of rest sessions by keeping yourself from going the extra mile. Don't worry, there will be plenty of time for you to sweat it out with combo high jumps and squats.
Unless you are trying to lose weight, you only need to do HIIT exercises for 15 to 20 minutes. Wearing a heart monitor ensures effectiveness and forces you to stay within your limits. Remember, the goal of anti-aging exercises is longevity and better looking skin, not stress that could lead to fewer years enjoyed.