Low Stress Senior Workout

Getting older doesn’t have to mean slowing down.

The stereotypical old man or woman sitting in a rocker waiting to die is dead. Thanks to greater knowledge of how our bodies work, modern medicine, and treatments, we can remain active well into our “Golden Years”.

But we can’t do it like we’re 20!

A senior fitness routine must take into account several factors:

  • It should be easy on our joints
  • It should be good for our cardiovascular system
  • It should be something we can do every day
  • It should definitely strengthen our legs and torso
  • It should not leave us sore or ache
  • It should be exciting to increase our dopamine levels ( a natural pain reliever)
  • If possible, we’d rather not sweat

Luckily, there is an activity that provides all these benefits and more – Photography.

Wait. Wait. Wait.

Let’s back up a minute. I took two steps there instead of one.

Walking is the primary activity that covers all of the points listed above. In fact, doctors worldwide recommend walking as one of THE most beneficial exercises. Everyone says we should do more of it.

The problem is, it can get boring to just go out, day after day, and walk.

Let’s face it, we live in a high stimulus world right now. We are a nation of multi-taskers. We need more than just a walk, alone with our thoughts, to keep us motivated to continue.

That’s where photography comes in.

When you bring your camera along, suddenly your boring walk becomes an exciting safari. You’re on the hunt for a great scene to capture…with your camera.

Suddenly, your mind is not thinking of your walk as exercise, but as an exciting adventure. You never know what you’ll see today. What cool photos you’ll take to share with your friends or family.

As simple as it may seem, changing your focus from exercise to adventure can make all the difference between staying healthy or slipping into a sedentary lifestyle that will cripple your health and hasten your demise.

Consider bringing your camera along on your next walk. Look for interesting things to photograph. With the new digital cameras, the satisfaction is immediate. Not only will you go home feeling better because you took a walk, but you’ll have cool photos to share as well. Two for one…what a great deal!

For best results, consider taking a photography class. You’ll learn all sorts of new techniques that will improve your photo taking AND increase your interest. One of the great truths, when we get good at something, we like to do it more!

Stay fit. Stay healthy.

Next time you head out for a walk, leave your dog at home and bring your camera instead. Or bring them both for twice the fun

To learn more about the 24 surprising health benefits not normally associated with photography, pick up a copy of my new audio CD, “Your F-Stop Guide to Fitness”. You’ll listen in as I share 45 minutes of true-life stories, tips and tricks, including the 24 health benefits photography can provide. It’s the perfect senior fitness guide.

Click on the photo below for details…

Senior Fitness

 

 

Photography Next Fitness Craze

Will digital photography become the next fitness craze?

The signpost are all there.

  • A huge wave of aging baby boomers
  • A powerful desire to stay healthy and active
  • A need for a low-stress, heart healthy program
  • The need for something easy on the joints
  • The need for an all-season program
  • Something that does not require a membership fee
  • Ideally, it must allow for social contact but not require it
  • A desire for immediate gratification must be met
  • Affordable, easy-to-use technology

While many consider photography and art or hobby, new research has shown that it can be used as an effective therapeutic tool to ward of the effects of old age. It has also been shown to help those who are depressed, over-weight, in chronic pain and more.

A powerful combination of simple technologies has combined to offer all sorts of relief to a wide array of physical and mental health problems.

I call these technologies “The Healthy Photographer’s Trilogy”. The “trilogy” is evolved from a combination of digital cameras, digital photo editing, and the internet. Each¬† element provides a vital component that creates a synergy for improving overall health when combined.

The camera adds a powerful physical fitness component that gets you moving, adds energy, and strengthens muscle and bone.

Digital photo editing is essential for mental health and maintaining sharp and motivated brain activity.

The internet adds a vital social component that keeps you on track to your goals, offers an educational resource, and encourages the commitment that helps you succeed.

Best of all, each component of the trilogy in and of itself is fun!

When done properly, digital photography offers a host of fitness opportunities that were never possible before. Young and old can get surprising health benefits no matter what kind of camera they use and regardless of their skill level.

In my new book, “Photo Fitness Phenomenon” I go into great detail and offer a simple program that anyone can follow to claim all the benefits of a photo-fitness program.

A proper photo-fitness program fulfills all the needs of the aging baby-boomer crowd. I should know,  I am one.

In fact, your digital camera might just be the best, hand-held, portable fitness machine ever invented. And you thought it was just for taking pictures!

Take the Photographer’s Health Test now to see if your digital photo taking is helping or hurting your health now.

Robert Schwarztrauber

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