Magazine article The Saturday Evening Post

Warm-Up Exercises for Young and Old: Warming Up or Stretching before Exercise Helps Prepare the Mind, Heart, Muscles, and Joints for Activities Ahead

Magazine article The Saturday Evening Post

Warm-Up Exercises for Young and Old: Warming Up or Stretching before Exercise Helps Prepare the Mind, Heart, Muscles, and Joints for Activities Ahead

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We read of a man whose only exercise was jogging his memory. This finally led to his getting in such bad shape that when his friends began making unkind remarks about his overhanging belly, he sent away for weights to begin a bodybuilding program. When the weights arrived at the freight office and he drove down to get them, to his embarrassment he was unable to pick them up. It took a young kid passing by to throw them into the back of his pickup. He was heard to say that he really hated show-off kids like her.

Perhaps this account is a tad farfetched, but whether you are a golden oldie or a smart little kid, it takes only a few simple exercises to build your muscles and improve your shape.

Why bother, you ask? Fitness and health can improve the way you look. Your body firms up, and the condition of your skin, hair, and so on improves. And a good level of fitness can lower your risk of having such illnesses as heart disease, arthritis, or cancer develop in later life.

Before doing any form of exercise, you need to warm up your body. This gets extra blood flowing to your muscles. They will need more oxygen when you begin exercising. Without it they may become damaged. You can warm up by stretching and relaxing your muscles and flexing your joints, especially the ones you are going to be calling upon for extra effort.

Repeat each exercise up to ten times to start. Add one repetition each week as your muscles adapt.

After exercising, allow your body to cool down gently. Do some bending and stretching. …

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