We mainly focus on workouts to lose weight or to put on muscle but did you know the key to staying in shape and feeling young is to remain flexible and be agile. As we get older our body does not move the same way we used when we were in our twenties or thirties. It is a natural process as we age.
We can however stay and feel young by keeping fit, staying flexible and improving your agility. Today we are going to discuss different ways to do this and to keep in good shape. Below are a few effective ways to stay flexible and improve agility.
This tried and tested method still works today and is a key component to any form of exercising. When you push your body, your muscles are working hard and once you slow down, they will begin to tighten up. In order to keep them from stiffening up, you should stretch for at least 5 minutes and make this part of your cool down routine.
By stretching you prevent your muscles from tightening to quickly and this will relieve most of the pain that you would normally feel the next day. Stretching also can prevent injuries before a sports game or any strenuous activity as your muscles are cold and once being thrown into action can lead to serious injuries. A common injury caused by not stretching before running is hamstring strains or tears, so you will want to keep this in mind before working out or playing any sports.
Your body will thank you for this and you will feel a lot more better by stretching regular. A good way to alleviate any stiffness your body may be feeling.
Yoga has become very popular over the past 10 years with many adding this to their schedules. Yoga helps you build strength, keeps you nice and flexible and can help you lose weight. Doing yoga 1 or twice a week is a great way of maintaining your body keeping you fit and young. It is also very enjoyable as it is an excellent way to unwind from a stressful day.
Yoga is a healing system of theory and practice. The purpose of yoga is to create strength, awareness, and harmony in both the mind and body,” explains Dr. Natalie Nevins, DO, medical director of Amrit Davaa Wellness Center in Hollywood, California and a certified Kundalini Yoga Instructor. “As an osteopathic physician, I focus a lot of my efforts on preventive medicine and practices, and in the body’s ability to heal itself. Yoga is a great tool for staying healthy because it is based on similar principles.”
Yoga can be very beneficial for your well being!
Fast Twitch Training For Agility
Developing your fast twitch muscles is a good way of staying fit and keeping young. Theses muscles are responsible for getting off the mark quickly, being agile and jumping. They are not complicated at and no specialized training is needed. It consists of a workouts that we sometimes do and just need to do more of them.
Here is a list of a few fast twitch muscle exercises:
- Short sprints – 50m
- Lift weights like they do in the olympics but not that heavy
- Interval Training
- Variety of Exercises
- Butt Kickers
At these to your current workout routine and it will improve your agility in a couple of weeks, making you feel very much energize and with an extra spring in your step. Source: www.rocketspeedtraining.com
This form of exercising is very much overlooked and is still fun to do. Yes it will bring back memories from your childhood days and should inspire to do it more often. It is great for endurance and to bring up your heart rate which in turn is a great metabolism booster. A nice and fun way to shed some fat.
I hope that you have found these 4 tips useful and go apply them. You will start feeling great and have more energy.