Hastings Personal Trainer shares Top 3 Fitness Tips for Baby Boomers

Stacie Widhelm is a Hastings area personal trainer and bootcamp instructor. Today she shares the top 3 fitness tips for baby boomers.
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May 4, 2011 - PRLog -- Stacie Widhelm is a local Hastings area personal trainer and fitness boot camp instructor. Today she shares the top 3 fitness tips for baby boomers.

Stacie claims “It’s time for baby boomers to break away from the old school ‘no pain, no gain” workouts of the past. Currently, people in their 40’s and 60’s are stuck in the endless rut of hours of long, slow, and boring cardio routines mixed with the classic 100 sit-ups a day routine. All of the studies show that this primitive style of exercise provides no results and can cause a lots of nagging aches and pains.”

The good news is that there are more time-efficient training protocols that middle-aged men and women can immediately implement to reverse this trend. Check out Stacie's top 3 fitness tips for baby boomers below:

1.) Pull Back Your Posture: We live in a sedentary society that spends most of the day seated and hunched over at a desk. Plus, as people age they tend to start rounding their shoulders even more appearing "hunchbacked." Furthermore, most individuals incorrectly emphasize their mirror muscles on the front side of their body (chest, biceps, abs) and neglect the key muscles on the backside of their body resulting in a muscular imbalance that further degrades posture and increases risk for injury. Focus on incorporating exercises like rows into your daily routine that require you to pull your shoulders down and back. This extra upper back work will improve your posture and promote optimal shoulder health. For best results, end each workout by stretching your chest muscles to further open up your shoulders.

2.) Get off the Treadmill: Too many baby boomers jump on the treadmill or elliptical and go for 30-60+ minutes at a time wondering why they can't get any results. A recent study proved that 45 hours of aerobics had zero weight loss effect over dieting alone. Ditch the long, slow, and boring cardio and opt for high-intensity interval training, where you alternate between bouts of maximum effort and active recovery. Interval workouts are scientifically proven to burn nine times more body fat than ordinary exercise and can be completed in 20-minutes or less. Plus, you can save your joints by doing intervals on a bike or even while running in place in the comfort of your own home.

3.) Sit-ups are for Suckers: New research has uncovered that old school ab exercises like crunches and sit-ups are not only useless for burning belly fat (spot reduction doesn't work) but can hurt your neck and back. These exercises are particularly dangerous for people over 40 years old. The 21st century approach to core training focuses on dynamic and static stabilization exercises that emphasize maintaining a neutral spine position rather than traditional lumbar flexion exercises of the past. So upgrade your ab work and flatten your midsection with total body core stability exercises like push-ups, bridges, and planks to improve posture, prevent injury, and elevate metabolism.

Stacie Widhelm, ISSA certified is Hasting’s best personal trainer. To get a free 2-week trial to experience the best  Hasting's personal training and for more info on his/her rapid weight loss workout bootcamp, please visit the Fit 4 U at www.HastingsBootCamp.com.  Stacie runs the top Hasting's women’s  fitness boot camp, but the classes are co-ed and men are more than welcome. The program guarantees to help you drop a full clothing size in your first month as a member or your money back.

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