REVIEW: Fitness Hacks for over 50: 300 Easy Ways to Incorporate Exercise Into Your Life by K. Aleisha Fetters
Skip the gym and improve your physical and mental fitness in just minutes with these 300 quick and easy ways to add movement to your day!
Being active and in shape helps you sleep, keeps you strong and healthy, and improves balance, your social life—and even your sex life! We all know exercise is good for us, but time, money, age, and inertia often keep us stuck on the couch. But you don’t need to join a gym—or even leave your house—to get fit and healthy!
In Fitness Hacks for over 50, you’ll discover quick and attainable tips and strategies to maintain (or increase) your fitness and strength at any point in your life. These simple, easy-to-do movements and activities that just take a few minutes a day makes it easy and friction-free to look and feel better, regardless of your age and abilities.
It’s never too late to get started! Let Fitness Hacks for over 50 put you on the path to a healthier lifestyle and a longer life that you can enjoy!
I’m conflicted about this book. It’s very simple which is both good and bad. Some of the exercises are easily explained while others I had a hard time visualizing even with the scanty illustrations which were (sometimes) provided. Some exercises need only you while others require shoes, a swimming pool, a massage therapist, etc. Those which need potentially expensive things outside the house are, however, few.
What is required in order to perform the exercises, time needed, and what the exercise should help accomplish are listed but in some cases I feel things are left out such as floor mats for kneeling on hard surfaces, etc. Some of the exercises are easy to do while doing other things – watching/listening to media – and sound great for working on balance, flexibility and so forth while the one suggesting using grocery store shopping carts as some kind of obstacle course race track sound absurd as well as potentially dangerous.
I like that you can pick and choose what you’re interested in as far as results desired and what you can realistically do but I also feel that most of these are designed for people who are still in fairly good shape. There are a lot of lunges, squats, balancing, and bending over which could be challenging for people with back/hip/knee issues. Sometimes this is mentioned in the limitations and sometimes not. I do think that most people ought to be able to find something in the book that would work for them.
Some of these I will definitely be attempting to work into free moments while others I guess I’ll just have to discover if my somewhat wonky lower back and hips will allow me to do. C+