More exercises from fit 76-year-old

- August 27th, 2010

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Here are five more exercises from Calvin Hill’s book Staying Fit After 60.

The 76-year-old Atlanta-based fitness guru and author has graciously agreed to give Keeping Fit blog readers a sneak peek at the 21 exercises that make up his Exercise For Life Program.

See the previous five here.

6. Arms across the body (lying down)

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Lie down on your back and swing your arms vigorously across your body, says Hill. A full repetition is completed every time your arms are closed. Hill does 150 total, 75 with his left arm on top and 75 with his right arm on top.

7. Leg lift (rotate right leg, rotate left leg)

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Lift one leg about eight to 10 inches off the floor and move it in a circle. Do only as many as you can without discomfort. Hill cranks out 50 with each leg.

8. Brain bounce

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Hill admits the name of this exercise sounds funny and you may even look funny doing it. Lie on your back and “bounce the back of your head against the floor … not in an overly hard fashion, but firm enough so you can certainly feel it.” As you’re bouncing your brain, turn your head slowly from side to side. Hill tallies 120 reps.

9. Deep breathing (through nose and mouth)

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Take deep breaths through your mouth and nose. The idea is to get as much oxygen into your lungs as possible, says Hill. After a deep breath, hold it for a couple seconds and exhale. Hill takes 12 deep breaths through his nose and 12 through his mouth.

“I cannot stress too much the importance of getting oxygen and blood to the brain for the prevention of Alzheimer’s or dementia,” he writes.

10. Arms across the body (seated)

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This is similar to exercise No. 6. The only difference is it’s done seated.

Visit www.stayingfitafter60.com and check out my Keeping Fit newspaper column on Hill.

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