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Staying in top physical condition used to be only for the young. However, today it's for the young and the young at heart. Baby boomers have embraced physical fitness as a way to stay young and vibrant. Everything from their professional lives to sex lives can be improved through staying fit, and they are always on the lookout for the next best workout. There are many workouts to consider, but some are better than others when it comes to staying fit without risking injury.
To stay in top shape, most people use cardio and strength training exercises. Cardio exercises are great to keep one's heart strong while building endurance, and there are several good ones to choose from. Swimming is one of the best all-around exercises due to its use of the total body, and is great for those who love the water. Cycling is also good for those who love the open road and solitude, letting them enjoy a sunny day on their bike. If nature is what you love, a good hike through the woods or up a mountain may be in the cards. Not only does it keep you in shape, but also lets you become one with nature and enjoy beautiful scenery while breathing in clean fresh air. Along with these, simply stepping out your front door and taking a brisk walk through the neighborhood will give a great cardio workout. It's cheap, convenient and always available, leaving little if any excuse for not getting up and moving around.
Strength training exercises are also good for boomers to build muscle and keep themselves from getting weaker with age. Using a good set of dumbbells can provide a great workout almost anywhere. Inexpensive and readily available at any store, they can be found in various weights from one pound to one hundred pounds. Simply find a weight that can be lifted easily yet with some resistance 8-10 times, and you've got the perfect weight to begin your workout. Bicep curls, tricep curls, bench presses and more can be done with these, making them some of the most versatile equipment around. Push-ups are also great to build strength in one's arms, chest, shoulders, back and more. One of the best all-around strength exercises, they can be done anywhere simply by dropping and giving yourself ten or twenty. Boxing is also a good strength training workout, for it combines the best in cardio and strength training. Spend a few minutes hitting the heavy bag and see how much stronger you'll feel. It's a great workout for both men and women, with the ladies embracing it more so recently. Other strength training exercises include pull-ups and chin-ups, which are also inexpensive and can be done almost anywhere a bar can be installed, such as in a doorway. Tai Chai is also gaining in popularity as a strength training workout for seniors, due to its limited stress on one's joints and ability to relax at the same time. Classes are held in most communities, often for free or little cost.
As times change, the emphasis on youth and vitality will only get stronger. Those boomers wanting to find the fountain of youth will have a good start by using any of the exercises discussed above, helping them feel and look young.
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