Working out after 50
If you are over 50 years old, you will agree with us when we say your body isn’t what it used to be. Your body just won’t respond to workouts as well as it did even 10 years ago which is totally normal. Fatigue, injury and muscle sprains happen way more frequently which can be a great challenge especially when you are trying to stay in shape.
Why exercising over 50 is important
It is important for you to exercise at any age from being in kindergarten straight through to old-age homes, staying active is vital to maintain a healthy lifestyle and is important for every single human being without exceptions. Here are some of the reasons why you need to exercise when you are 50 years or older
Great for your mind
Regular exercise over the age of 50 keeps your mind sharp and improves cognitive function, including your memory.
For your mental health
Exercising can significantly improve your overall well being and mental health. Exercising is known for its ability to release happy hormones called endorphins making us feel happy confident and can even help those with mild depression.
Maintain muscle mass
Exercising when you are over 55 can help you to stay strong by maintaining your muscle mass. This will help you become stronger for longer.
If you do regular exercise as you get older it can help reduce the risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes. Physical activities may not be your first choice when it comes to your free time, however, it can significantly help you to prevent riks of illnesses as you get older.
With your age and the restrictions you currently face, it is only natural that what applied to you 20 years ago, may not apply to you now and there are just certain things you need to start changing.
Some age-appropriate changes
Sorry folks, stretching is no longer “optional” like it was when you were in your 20’s and 30’s. As we get older, our muscles and collagenous tendons decrease in flexibility making you more vulnerable to sprains and injuries. So stretching is an absolute must when you are over 50 and are still exercising (good for you by the way).
We bet you are probably thinking we are going to suggest replacing strength training with senior yoga. Wrong! While cardio is one of the most important forms of exercise to do when you are over 50, you should try to incorporate strength training as well. As we age, our muscle mass drops greatly and this is a problem. If you aim to be a grandma or are one already then you know the joys of being able to play with your energetic grandchildren and you also know the frustration when you realise you have no more strength left. Strength training will help you to maintain your muscle mass and keep you strong and moving for years.
As mentioned previously, cardio is one thing you can not skip as it keeps your heart and overall health in great condition. However, there are some cardio exercises that will work better for you when you are over 55 years old. If you were an avid tennis-player back in the day, or you loved cycling then you probably know how disheartening it can be to realise that you simply aren’t as souple and fit as you were and you probably can’t do these types of exercises anymore. While your favourite cardio sports may have been a great pass time, there are other forms of cardio such as swimming, speed-walking or dancing that can keep you young and help you prevent heart-related illnesses in the future.
Being in your 20’s you will recall doing vigorous exercise, waking up stiff the next morning just to go back to the gym that very same day to exercise some more. Those were the days, right? As we get older, especially over the age of 50 you will find that tissue recovery takes more time and effort and where you only needed about one day between exercises to recover, you will probably need a bit more now. If you find it hard not to exercise and you feel the need to do just about anything to get you moving then we suggest calm yoga on your off days.
Being over 50 is not an excuse for being behind in current industry standards and trends. Even if you are over 50 years old, you need to remind yourself to stay on top of current trends since they can really give you that push you need. Wear the cool outfit, put on your earphones pumping with the latest jams your grandson just downloaded for you, do some research on home workouts and overcome the limitations of working out as a person over 50.