Building muscle is one of the most important things that those of us over 50 need to incorporate into our weekly exercise routines. Since muscle loss begins around 30, we’ve already been losing muscle, and we don’t want to become frail. In fact, most of the 50, 60, 70 yr. olds that I know are the opposite of frail! Our generation wants to be healthy and strong as we age – good for us!!!
In my last article, I gave you all my top exercise to keep our lower body strong and healthy. Today we’re going to be discussing my 2nd favorite exercise, which is one that builds upper body strength. I haven’t named this exercise yet, so if you have a good idea for what to call it, please let me know in the comments.
This is another isometric exercise to help us build muscle endurance, which makes everything else that we do in the course of our daily lives, easier. It’s a combination of the Downward Facing Dog Yoga pose, a modified plank, and a foot stretch – all in one!
In this exercise, we’re building muscle in our arms, chest, shoulders, back, and abs. We’re also stretching the hamstrings, calves, feet, and toes. Wow! That’s a lot for one simple exercise!
Additionally, ladies, this exercise works our pectoral muscles so we no longer have droopy breasts, because these muscles hold us in place! All the gals in my classes have seen this result when they do this exercise at least twice a week.
Here is a video of me demonstrating the exercise, and with modifications. Always feel free to contact me if you need further modifications or don’t understand how to perform the exercise.
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Best of Health,