How to Exercise After 50Diana Smith
In spite of everything you read online about how the 50s are when your life quality drops to the ground, and how you are becoming an old, inactive person, that can not be farther from the truth. Yes, there are some physical changes that our body goes through – just like it does during all of our lives. In reality, if you led a healthy and active life, there is no danger for you to continue living that life. There is simply a few simple tweaks you should make to ensure you stay healthy and active for as long as possible.
Sure, we all do the few head turns and swing our arms about for a few minutes before doing our exercise, but as you get older it becomes more and more important to properly warm up before exercise. Devote at least twenty minutes to properly warming up your joints and muscles to avoid any injury. Make sure you take it slow and do a systematical warm-up so you don’t miss any area of your body.
Unfortunately, as we grow older our sense of balance tends to deteriorate. This can become very dangerous, since it increases the risk of fall and injury. To counter this, practicing sports that rely heavily on your balance – like yoga, pilates and even ballet – will train your balance constantly and keep you light and secure on your feet. You can sign up for a local class or even practice at home by following some videos from YouTube or books.
Have a good diet
Our diet is directly linked to our health, and a balanced diet means a balanced body. If you find yourself often feeling tired, heavy or demotivated, it might have something to do with the things you are eating. If you are unsure what you should be changing or what vital minerals you are lacking, your best bet is to get your blood work done and go talk to a nutritionist. There might be some things you are completely unaware that you are lacking, and including them in your diet will help you stay healthy and active.
Work out in good company
It’s never easy to motivate ourselves to work out regularly, especially if we are working out alone. But there is no need to be working out alone! You can ask a friend, family member or significant other to join you and just like that – you will not be alone. If there really is no one available, you can sign up for a class. Many retirement villages in NSW offer gym memberships and classes, so you will definitely find something that works for you. Having a set schedule of your classes might be the motivation that you have been missing.
Do regular cardio
It’s a fact that some conditions like high blood pressure, cholesterol and heart attacks become a bigger possibility after you hit your 50s. But, there is no need to give up and wait to be struck: regular cardio that will raise your heart rate every day is the best way to keep your heart healthy. There is no need for marathon running and bootcamp trainings – a 30 to 45 minute walk every day is all it takes to make sure that blood keeps pumping the way it is supposed to.
So don’t listen to what others are telling you about having to be less active if you want to preserve your health – take matters into your own hands and do the work to live a long, happy and healthy life. Remember that you have a decision to make a difference and the way you act will always reflect on your health.