These 2 Exercises are All You Need to Age Gracefully

These 2 Exercises are All You Need to Age Gracefully

We all know there’s very little downside to regular exercise. You can shed a few extra pounds, improve your mood, boost your memory, and add years to your life.

But if you aren’t utilizing these two exercises in particular, you’re missing out on a wealth of health benefits.

Dr. Michael Joyner, a physician and Mayo Clinic researcher, recommends performing burpees and jumping rope.

jumping-rope-burpees-senior-exercisesWhy these two exercises?

First, once you reach the age where it becomes almost impossible to lose weight, endurance exercises will add very little to your overall health. You’ll need to start improving that muscle strength, too. Weight lifting and interval training can work, but burpees and jumping rope meets both the endurance and strength needs of old age.

Maybe the most advantageous part of the two exercises is they can be done anywhere, anytime, and you don’t need to invest in a costly gym membership to stay in shape. It just keeps getting better.

Related: 3 Strength Exercises You Need to Add to Your Routine

Now, don’t be fooled by the lack of equipment – these simple workouts are anything but easy. So, don’t forget to add in short periods of rest between workouts. Alternating hard days and easy ones can keep your mindset fresh, and prevent you from overexerting your bones and muscles.

“Make your hard days hard and your easy days easy,” Joyner says. “Control your pace or it will control you.”

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