Over 50’s Fitness by Glen Barnett – Top 10 Fitness Tips, Part One

Over the next two weeks I will be presenting you my Top 10 Health Tips.  These are tips that I follow in my life and I encourage my clients and class participants to follow as well.  Now as an interesting fact, your mind can only deal with making a couple of changes at a time, that is often why people who decide to give up smoking, go to the gym, stop eating chocolate and junk food, and drink more water all in one week fail because it is too much to deal with at once.

  1. Be as active as you can with what the day brings you.
    • How are you feeling?
    • What sort of weather is being offered to you today?
    • Adjust your activity to how you are feeling and how the weather is.
    • Lying on the lounge on a rainy day isn’t an activity.
  2. Eat a rainbow of clean foods at most meals and don’t forget the protein!
    • Lots of colourful foods mean, hopefully, a variety of vitamins and minerals
    • Clean food means it hasn’t been greatly tampered with, you recognize it as a real food and it doesn’t have a lot of ingredients some of which are unpronounceable.
    • Protein comes in many forms. It’s your body’s building block for muscle growth and repair.   As we age both the growth (or maintenance) and repair are vital.
  3. Stay strong physically so you don’t fall in a heap.
    • If you don’t use it you will lose it and once you lose your strength your confidence goes with it.
    • Think of yourself as a tree and choose the tree that is strong to the core rather than a wimpy sapling that will topple in a stiff breeze.
    • Lift, push, pull and squeeze heavy things as part of your everyday tasks or in conjunction with a specific strength workout.
    • The handle on your recliner doesn’t count as a strength exercise but if you can’t use it you need help!
  4. Drink a bucketful of water daily and check the colour of your urine.
    • Your urine may be yellow first thing in the morning or if you are on some medications but otherwise it should be clear. If it isn’t you need to drink more water.
    • Try flavouring your water with a little lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to not only hydrate you more effectively but also give your liver a cleanse.

I hope you can use these first four tips to make some positive changes in your life. Choose a couple of tips to get you started and next week I’ll give you the rest of my Top 10 Health Tips.    If you require any help or guidance, call Glen at Coffs Coast Health Club on 66586222 or come down and see us.


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