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The Gray Iron Fitness Newsletter, Issue #105, Are High Intensity Workouts Safe for Seniors?
January 01, 2013

January 1, 2013

In this newsletter . . .

A New Year's message from Benjamin Franklin:

Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man [or woman -Ed.].

Insanity Workouts:
Are They Safe for Seniors?

Two Check-Ups for 2013

Insanity Workouts: Are They Safe for Seniors?

How much workout intensity is intense enough? And how much is too much? For example, are the popular Insanity Workouts too intense for seniors? Are they safe? Those are real questions received at Senior Exercise Central. And it isn’t the first time they've been asked.

Insanity Workouts are popular, and you should know that they are also highly intense. The same can be said for programs such as CrossFit, P90X, Tabata training, and many boot camp style workouts.

This training may be fine – for some people. But when it comes to seniors, I urge caution. While some of these plans offer scaled down workouts for older trainees, they are not the same workouts you see in infomercials, where super fit instructors are pushing people to extremes. Be careful. Some of this may be appropriate if you are a young senior, say in your early fifties, and you have medical clearance. But even then, you may be better served with a less-is-more approach when it comes to high intensity training.

And for those in their sixth decade and beyond, high intensity training gets riskier and is probably not age appropriate. Tendons and ligaments, for example, at this stage of life are not as resilient as they once were. And even more serious unintended consequences than injured tendons are real possibilities.

I don't mean to scare you off. I recommend setting challenging goals. But I don’t think a steady diet of workouts that push you to the limit are the best way for seniors to train. The beautifully produced infomercial workouts remind me of the workouts in the Rocky movies. Enjoy them as art, but not as real world exercise programs for seniors.

Are you at mid-life or beyond? Look over the free material at Senior Exercise Central. See the Beginner Program, for example. Check out Resistance Bands training, or Kettlebells for seniors. These are serious but age appropriate training programs.

It’s a New Year. Begin it with enthusiasm, but tempered with reasonable methods for attaining your goals. In short, get fit. Stay fit. But don’t hurt yourself.

Two Check-Ups for 2013

1. Do you take dietary supplements? Or are you considering taking them? Here’s a tip to start the New Year: Visit supplement review for some thoughts on dietary supplements, the good and bad, the pluses and minuses. It could save you money.

2. I’ll risk bringing up an unpopular but important subject: Wills and trusts. Do you have one? I know. This newsletter is about senior strength, health and fitness. I understand. But do yourself a great favor and please take a look. It’s a subject especially important for seniors. And the information is 100% free! You won’t find a better deal than that anywhere: Wills and Trusts.

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Logan Franklin
The Gray Iron Fitness Newsletter

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