April 13

Secrets to Staying Young-Fitness Routine

Secrets to Staying Young-Fitness Routine

By Deborah Johnson

April 13, 2018

Goals, healthy habits, Inspirational speaker, mindsets, persistence, positive self talk

One of the main secrets to staying young is the importance of fitness. Anyone else feel much younger than they are? How the years fly by! Even our kids are wondering how they got so old! (really?)

It takes some effort to stay young with a young mindset. Staying active and flexible is extremly important any time of life, but especially halftime and beyond! If you're age 40 and above, you're in halftime!

Flexibility and Moving

Flexibility, moving, stretching and working out helps keep the body moving. You have to make time for exercise and a fitness routine. Adding light weights is especially important for women.

Besides going to the gym, think creatively of how you can get moving. Your dog needs walking and so do you! Even if you're crazy busy, take some time to get outside. Pick a place where you can get your heart pumping, walking hills or increase your speed.

Importance of Warming Up

Your breath is one of the hardest aspects of warming up the body, but once you get over that panting, out-of-breath feeling, your body will adjust to your routine. Stairs are a great heart pumping exercise and warmup. (See treadmill warmup on each of the workouts below!) The same principle holds true for singing-warming up your breath support increases your abiltiy to execute an even tone throughout phrases!

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My Fitness Routine

I'm including my fitness routine below because it's changed my way of working out. Please schedule a time with a trainer for your workout because he or she will customize a workout for your body, plus demonstrate how to use the weights so you don't hurt your back or anything else. As a note, I'm only at the gym an hour!

I have to admit I'm not excited when my husband, Greg, shows up at the gym because he usually adds more weight for me to lift or push! He put my Workouts below together. My preferred workout schedule is 6 days a week, early in the morning, but with extra travel and meetings, my workout may be a walk, run, working out at a hotel gym (with who knows what type of equipment!) or stair-climbing.

I'm listing my rotating workouts (I have them on index cards-they help me stick with a routine!) as an example. I am NOT a trainer but these work for me. Find what works for you and get moving! FITNESS is one of the secrets to staying young!

  • CYCLE CLASS: This gets my heart rate up faster than almost anything else. I sit in the front for accountability (not ability!) 2-3 times a week if I'm in town.
  • WORKOUT 1: 5-10 min Treadmill, Stretches, 5 Rounds: Pull-downs (10), Push up on bar (15), 25 lb. weight or kettlebell (15); 3 Rounds: Wallking lunges w/25 lb weight, Squats
  • WORKOUT 2: 5-10 min Treadmill, Stretches, 3 Rounds: Clean and Jerks (45 lb. bar-my worst favorite workout!), 10 pushups, 30 crunches on ball; 5 Rounds: Pull-ups (2 different weights, 15 and 10 reps), 10 step-ups (each leg), 10 leg lifts.
  • WORKOUT 3: 5-10 min. Treadmill, Stretches, 50 assisted pullups, 50 pushups, 50 situps, 50 squats (I do 15 or 20 at a time); Farmer Walks (35 lb. weights), Lift-squat with bar and 25 lb. weight, 3 Rounds: Free weights over head, to chest and straight back. (7.5, 12.5, 15 lb.)
  • WORKOUT 4: 5-10 min. Treadmill, Stretches, 5 Rounds: Power Pushups (10), Stomach V's (30 sec), Jump Squats (10); 3 Rounds: Bar Dips (10) Leg Lifts (10), Ball against wall (15); 3 Rounds: Vertical Press (20), Row (20) Pull Downs (12)
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DEBORAH JOHNSON, M.A.: Provides tools for Women at Halftime who want to gain momentum, focus and success. Speaking, Concerts, In-Depth Workshops, National Media Commentator. Most recent book Bad Code: Overcoming Bad Mental Code That Sabotages Your Life and the upcoming Women at Halftime: Principles for Producing Your Successful Second Half. You can reach Deborah the following ways:Twitter:@DebJohnsonWorks • YouTube ; Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/deborah.johnson; Websites: https://GoalsForYourLife.com; https://DJWorksMusic.com

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About the author

DEBORAH JOHNSON, M.A., creator of Hero Mountain® and former president of Los Angeles National Speakers Association, is an international award-winning music artist, author, speaker and National Media Commentator. She also hosts the popular podcast "Women at Halftime." Deborah provides tools to create your ideal lifestyle and work at mid-career or during the halftime of life, getting unstuck. You can live your second half fulfilled, focused and free! Up for multiple GRAMMY Awards and spending over 20 years in the entertainment industry, she's an expert on how to constantly reinvent yourself in a gig-economy. She is also the recipient of the Women's Economic Forum Exceptional Women of Excellence Award. Deborah is the author of multiple books, over twenty albums and musicals and speaks and performs in both live and virtual events.

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