Exercise At Fifty Years Old

Exercise At Fifty Years Old

Exercise is something that is all too easy to ignore when we reach 50. Our joints start to ache and it feels better just to sit down and relax.

It might feel good for a moment, but the more you sit around, the faster you are going to age. Those aches and pains just get worse and worse. When you get up in your 40’s and 50’s, exercise becomes infinitely more important to your health and well-being.

Exercise helps you stay mobile and also gives you energy that often starts to dwindle with age. It is advisable to get some type of exercise every single day. You don’t have to push yourself and bench twice your weight or anything. Anything that makes you break a sweat is going to be good for your mind and body, especially if you do it on a regular basis.

You should engage in some type of physical activity every single day to stay in shape, but it’s also good to have an exercise routine that you can build on. When it comes to strenuous workouts, you should only do them about 3 or 4 times a week to allow your body to recover. Develop an exercise schedule that works for you and stick to it.

The three main points to focus on when you exercise are Cardiovascular, Flexibility and Strength. Cardiovascular can be any exercise that gets your blood pumping and elevates your heart rate. This improves circulation and promotes the flow of energy through your body.

Flexibility exercises involve things like stretches to maintain your body’s range of motion as you age.

Regular flexibility exercises can help prevent joint pain as well as keep you mobile later in life.

Strength exercises should be dealt with carefully because you don’t want to strain your muscles or joints by lifting weights that you can’t handle.Exercise at 50 Years Old

When you are doing strength exercises; always start out with very low weight. Focus on the amount of reps rather than how much you can lift. This will help strengthen your core and make your body stronger to fight illness and disease and recover quicker if illness occurs.

Many people over 50 tend to find excuses for not working out. I am here to tell you that, if you can move, there are none. If you are not able to walk around; do chair-bound exercises.

There is always something you can do to stay active. All you have to do is realize the importance of exercise and stick to it. You don’t have to run a marathon or win the Mr. Universe competition. All you have to do is keep your body active and use as many muscles as you can on a daily basis.

Just be sure to consult your doctor before trying any strenuous workouts. Start slow and build your way up so as not to injure yourself. Stick to a schedule and make it your routine. As long as you listen to your body; exercise can keep you healthy and active well past the age of 50.

6 comments

  • Diane Lane

    I do believe in cutting back some after 40, even, depending upon the health of your joints, in particular, but I agree that it’s important to stay active, both mentally and physically. Stretching is very important, since it helps keep our joints limber, and without those, we aren’t able to do much. YouTube is a great place to find exercise videos, but make sure to verify that the person is qualified to teach on the subject, otherwise you can do the moves improperly, and cause damage.

  • RetJo

    I tried a short stint with a personal trainer last year. She was a young mother, and I don’t think she really understood what is safe or appropriate for protecting the joints. I have some mild problems with my knees, and she kept pushing me to do squats, for example. While these really cause a burn in the quads, and I saw some toning there, they also caused my bad knee to swell.

    SparkPeople.com recently posted a short lower body workout video with no squats or lunges. That is a far safer option.

  • aquaticneko

    I used to wear wraps on my ankles whenever I go for walks. (I busted up my ankles on sports when I was younger) I would find myself being in more and more pain. After consulting with the doctor, he prescribed more calcium in the form of milks. I chose almond milk as its what my daughter likes as well. Slowly I was coerced into removing the wraps. To my amazement, I suffered less pain than before! Now the only pain I had was the lack of exercise.

    What I am trying to say is. Being too careful can harm you. Always check with a doctor, even if you think its nothing major. In my case I was making myself much worst by reducing my circulation on my evening walks out.

    I do think proper stretching and warming up is essential. I mostly do walks and treadmills nowadays and the occasional walkathon though.

    Great article.

  • paulon

    I started kickboxing at 42 and have been training ever since. I’m now 52 years old and I have noticed that it’s taking a lot longer to recover. Kickboxing training is quite a strenuous form of exercise and I’ve found that training three days a week is just a bit much, however, training two days a week is perfect, for me.

    I also started to take some high quality supplements, several years ago, which seem to be having a positive affect with my recovery rates and energy levels. Don’t know how long I’ll keep training, but for now it seems a good thing for my body so I’ll keep going at it two days per week.

    By the way, I like your point about finding excuses not to train, “I’m here to tell you that, if you can move, there are none.” Well said and so true; awesome article!

  • grannysue

    I really struggle with this. I eat right. Try to get at least 6 hours of sleep at night. I usually drink my 6 – 8 glasses of water every day. I take my supplements every day. I even drink kombucha and kefir to get my probiotics, I just struggle to find the time to exercise regularly. I didn’t even make my usual New Years resolution this year to exercise more because I could not figure out how to work it into my schedule. I am hoping as the year goes on it will get a little less busy so that I can make this very important change in my life.

  • Benoit W

    I аm in my mid fiftiеs аnd I cоnsidеr mysеlf in thе bеst shаpе оf my lifе nоw еvеn thоugh I hаvе bееn аctivе in spоrts аnd in grеаt shаpе my whоlе lifе. 50’s аnd 60’s dоеs nоt mеаn “sеniоr”! Strikе thаt wоrd frоm yоur vоcаbulаry. If yоu think оf yоursеlf аs оld thеn yоu will аct оld. 50’s аnd 60’s mеаns midlifе tо mе – thе primе оf yоur lifе. I bеliеvе in а hоlistic аpprоаch tо fitnеss. Thеrе is а mind bоdy cоnnеctiоn аnd in my оpiniоn tо bе in tоp shаpе аnd in tоp hеаlth rеquirеs nоt just physicаl but mеntаl wеll bеing аlsо. Its аll аbоut аttitudе, think аnd аct yоung аnd yоu аrе yоung. Thе plаcеbо еffеct is rеаl аnd yоu cаn lеt it wоrk fоr yоu by hаving а pоsitivе, еxcitеd оutlооk оn lifе аnd bеliеvе in yоur hеаrt аnd sоul thаt yоu cаn imprоvе yоursеlf thru еxеrcisе оr yоu cаn lеt thе plаcеbо еffеct wоrk аgаinst yоu by bеing а pеssimistic victim

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