It's a great idea to adapt one's exercise routine when you get to that over-50 mark! What worked when we were 20 can be counterproductive in the second half of our lives, especially if you are dealing with low bone density. If you are strength training for osteoporosis and fracture prevention, please heed these precautions!
Jane Brody, Personal Health columnist for the New York Times, recently wrote a very important article entitled, Forget About Crunches. Here's How to Protect Your Back, for those who need to strengthen and protect their spines. (Really, who doesn't??) Take a look at it. Even if you don't have low bone density or osteoporosis, following these recommendations will protect the discs between the vertebrae of your spine, help maintain your bone density, and build beautiful posture.
During and between exercise sessions, walk tall by standing up straight, slide chin back, pull shoulders back and down, pull tummy in, and lift your chest up as if you're showing off a gorgeous necklace! Do the same when you're sitting, plus add squeezing your gluteal muscles in the buns together. Try it….feel taller and less compressed in the midsection? I do! Keep at it throughout the day and all of these little moves will contribute to fabulous posture and what I call your "DDM: Daily Dose of Movement"!