Fitness Basics for the 50+ Crowd

February 19th, 2014 | By Marjie No Comments

Starting or keeping up an exercise regime can be a real challenge as we age. Those of us already older than 50 will attest to this, and those of you younger than 50 will need to take our word for it.

Both men and women have unique fitness challenges as they grow older.  Normal age-related health problems, hormonal changes, injuries, and even illnesses can be discouraging.  But those are the very reasons for older adults to start – and continue – moving! Exercise is the key to maintaining strength, energy, and overall health as our bodies mature.

Whatever your age or physical fitness level today, you will benefit from exercise. And that doesn’t have to mean a time-consuming, strenuous workout every day. It just takes a commitment to adding a few minutes of movement and activity to your daily routine.  And the Fitness Basics for those over 50 are easy to remember and incorporate into a regular schedule:

Fitness Basic #1:
Cardio Activity
Get your heart pumping!
*walk * ride a bike * climb some stairs
* play tennis * go dancing * take a hike
* take fitness classes

Fitness Basic #2:
Strength Training
Build muscle and bone mass!
do pushups * carry handweights when you walk * reach, pull, push, and lift
items for yourself

Fitness Basic #3: 
Flexibility
Keep your range of motion!
do yoga * stretch your leg, neck, and arm muscles * reach to the ceiling and walls
* do water aerobics

Fitness Basic #4:
Balance
Minimize falls and maximize posture!
walk * ride a bike * practice yoga * try Tai Chi * experiment with posture exercises

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