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Continued: A balanced workout will make your golden years shine

  • Article by: JULIE DEARDORFF , Chicago Tribune
  • Last update: April 13, 2013 - 9:52 PM

If you’re a tennis player:

Balance the other side. “Do resistance training and in the form of dumbbells, bands and tubing to balance the strength on each side of the body,” Olson said. “If you are right-handed, most of the joints and muscles on the right side of the body will be better developed than those on the left side. With free weights, each arm has to independently hoist the weight such as shoulder presses with the left side vs. the right side.”

If you don’t work out:

Start moving. “Don’t worry about weights, just get up and walk or try something fun like Zumba,” McCall said. Start with a form of cardio, such as walking, spinning or using a cardio machine. Adopt a good core-building activity, such as Pilates, to build a baseline of strength. Holland recommends exercise DVDs. “They’re ridiculously inexpensive now, you don’t have to leave home to exercise and you can find everything from tai chi to P90X,” he said. “And if you press ‘play’ enough, they really work.”

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