With age there is a tendency to slow down. In many respects this is self-evident. However, there is a big difference between slowing down and stopping. In fact, if you stop exercising just because you’re hitting 50, it could make any challenges you face later in life worse. Knowing what exercise equipment you need and how to use it is crucial to maintaining your fitness level as you age.
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Judd NeSmith, NASM-CPT, PES of BestReviews talks to Gary Gelfand about essential products people over 50 need to stay fit.
Products that people over 50 need to stay fit
It doesn’t matter how young or old you are, all bodies build muscle the same way. When you exercise, you damage muscle fibers. After a workout, your body repairs the damage by fusing these muscle fibers together and thickening the strands to create muscle hypertrophy (muscle growth). With age, this process still works, but becomes less and less efficient.
To stay fit as you age, you need to exercise regularly and use low-impact equipment that builds muscle, such as exercise machines. B. an exercise ball, loop bands, exercise bands and dumbbells. Additionally, you can promote recovery and reduce pain by using a foam roller and massage gun. Together, these devices can help you stay physically active and healthy as you age.
An exercise ball is a sturdy inflatable device that offers limited stability when exercising. While this may sound like a disadvantage, maintaining balance during an exercise actually engages more muscles, making the workout more beneficial. You can use an exercise ball to strengthen your abs, back muscles, leg muscles and more. It is ideal for increasing physical strength to eliminate problems such as back pain while improving balance to protect against falls.
As long as you don’t have an injury or underlying medical condition, a foam roller is an excellent piece of fitness equipment. According to NeSmith, it can also be used to treat tight quadriceps muscles that can pull on the kneecap and cause knee pain. You can use this device post-workout to reduce inflammation and decrease delayed-onset muscle soreness that can occur up to three days post-workout. Additionally, there is evidence that using a foam roller can improve flexibility.
Dumbbells are one of the most versatile pieces of fitness equipment, not to mention beginner-friendly. “They’re great for upper body exercises,” says NeSmith, “particularly for the arms, back, and chest.” You also don’t have to use a heavy weight to get a good workout. When used properly, even five-pound dumbbells can effectively work these muscle groups.
A massage gun is like having your own masseuse or masseuse. You can use it to target hotspots deep in your muscles. The repeated strokes increase blood and lymph circulation to bring more oxygen and nutrients to your muscles. They can also help release tension and fluid, helping you move pain-free and increase your range of motion.
Loop bands are like large flat rubber bands that you wrap around your arms or legs to add resistance and intensity to your workout. The beauty of loop bands is that they come in a variety of resistances, so you can always step up to the next level when you feel ready. Loop bands help increase strength and increase your fitness level. Since loop bands don’t provide a stable support, they can also activate the stability muscles for added benefit.
The exercise bands we use have handles that allow you to get a better grip. They are very similar to loop bands and offer nearly identical benefits. However, you can significantly increase the intensity with exercise bands by connecting multiple bands to the handles. A quality exercise band set will also include hardware that allows you to attach the band to an immovable object to dramatically expand the range of exercises you can perform.
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SmarterLife exercise ball
The SmarterLife exercise ball can be used for a variety of exercises that tone muscles and improve your core strength. The non-slip surface and 2,000-pound weight capacity ensure your safety while exercising.
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Amazon Basics High Density Round Foam Roller
Although lightweight and easy to transport, this high-density foam roller is made from polypropylene and has molded edges to maintain strength. It can help relieve muscle tension and soreness when used immediately after a workout.
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HolaHatha neoprene dumbbell set
The neoprene dumbbell set comes with sets of three, five, and eight pound weights, making it a beginner-friendly option. The dumbbells are made of cast iron and have a PVC coating for comfort and maximum durability.
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iReliev massage gun
This massage gun is lightweight, quiet and easy to use. It has three speeds, a long-lasting battery, and comes with four massage heads to relieve stress on every area of your body.
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Sweet Sweat Mini Loop Resistance Bands
There are five resistance bands in this versatile set. They range from 5 pounds to 40 pounds of resistance. These non-slip, wrinkle-free bands can increase the intensity of a variety of exercises.
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Whatafit Resistance Bands Set
Whatafit resistance bands are made from 100% natural latex. These multifunctional fitness machines are 36 inches long and can be combined on the included hardware to offer a maximum resistance of 150 pounds.
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