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.
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.