YOU ARE YOUR OWN FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH: Movement, Motivation and Mindset for Active Seniors

Category Archives: Exercise

Energy Bite 183 – CorePower

Can you get a “six pack” at age 50, 60, or even 70? The answer is a resounding — probably? If you are really out of shape, don’t count on finding that six pack anytime soon. So is it worth working your abdominal muscles, hips, torso, and lower back, if you aren’t going to see the results anytime soon.?

Most seniors would have no use for “body builder” style abdominal muscles anyway. How many 60 year old men or women go strutting around the swimming pool or down the beach expecting people to marvel at your six pack? Actually, I have seen a few here and there.

Six pack abs used to be a strictly male “thing”. But over the last fifteen years or so, strong “showy” abs have become a prime indicator of female health and fitness too. Programs like Crossfit, Boot Camps, Pilates and even the expansion of Yoga into the mainstream, have stressed the importance of fitness for everyone.  There are many  “Masters” athletic events for seniors, with more being added every year. All of these require a strong core.

When you decide you want to get fitter and start an exercise program, where is a good place to start? My suggestion would be to start with the muscle group that gives you the most leverage with the rest of your body. That would be the lumbar-hip-abdominal complex, commonly known as “your core”. Why start there?

Simply stated, your core area is critical to any form of physical movement. The core area is the “first mover” of just about any physical effort you make, no matter how slight. Here are some general thoughts on having a strong core:

  • A strong midsection makes all movement easier.
  • Ever wonder why the millitary shouts “Hoorah!” or “Oohrah!” ? Try shouting those words with power, energy and enthusiasm. Press your hand against your abdominal muscles as you say the words and as you powerfully expel the air from your lungs. You can feel the power they bring into your abdominal muscles and how that power radiates throughout your body. Martial artists do the same thing.
  • A strong midsection can help prevent falls.
  • “Feel good” chemicals are released into your body when work your core hard. You feel dramatically stronger both mentally and physically after a good session of “corepower” exercises. “Corepower”? Hey I like that term. I thought I just made it up but “” and a “” already exist online. Darn!
  • A strong core energizes you.
  • A strong core helps you maintain good posture as you get older.
  • It helps prevent back pain. Core exercises will not necessarily eliminate back pain, but they will help prevent it.
  • And on and on . . .

When you begin a new exercise program, remember it will take a while to develop those six pack abs. If you are overweight, you’ll have to “free the fat” first. But if you continue with a sound exercise program for your core, that six pack will likely start to appear a few months down the road. In the meantime, you will build a strong core and begin to reap all the other benefits I mentioned above.

So what core exercises should you do? You can find some good ones here:  Ebook-Core and Abs2.

Thank you for reading.

Energy Bite 180 – Perceptions of “Ageism”

I’ve been reading and hearing a lot about “ageism” lately. Does it exist? Probably. Age discrimination in the legal context does. It’s against the law to discriminate against a person in a hiring situation solely because of age. Except for athletes, of course. They get put out to pasture in their 30s, and it’s OK.… Continue Reading

Energy Bite 179 – A Brief and Final Word about Motivation, for Now

I’ve been writing thoughts about motivation for a few weeks now, asking about why some people exercise during the week and others don’t. What motivates some to either go to a gym or exercise at home, while others won’t do it, even though their doctor has told them to either exercise or get sick and… Continue Reading

Energy Bite 178 – A Less Than Final Word on Motivation

Since I have  been writing about what motivates people, especially seniors, to exercise and take responsibility for their own health and wellness, I thought I’d go back to George Leonard’s book, The Ultimate Athlete for some good statistics and reasoning about health and fitness. I referred to Leonard’s books often when I first started this… Continue Reading

Energy Bite 157 – Stay Young with Cross Lateral Movement

Ever wished there were a perfect exercise to stimulate your mind as well as your body? Could cross-lateral movements be the answer? Years ago I first encountered a program called the Brain Gym. Part of the program revolved around right and left brain stimulation through cross-lateral exercises. Since I first learned of it, the entire… Continue Reading

Energy Bite 110 – Capacities to Manipulate the Environment Directly

Do you live in your own home?  Do you buy your food at the grocery store?  Do you do the things that will make or keep you physically healthy?  If the answer is yes, then you have demonstrated your Capacity to Manipulate Your Environment Directly. That ability to “manipulate” your environment is the 6th Attribute… Continue Reading