As you age, your metabolism slows down and you may notice some unwanted weight gain. The best way to deal with this is to start eating healthier and to make sure exercising is a part of your daily routine. While some people believe strength training and fitness isn’t safe in your 50s, that’s not the case at all! Getting fit during this time in your life helps with stress and anxiety and prevents specific, serious health problems.
So what’s the best way to get fit in your 50s? We’re here to tell you!
Don’t Just Focus on Cardio
While cardio is very important, women over 50 are at greater risk of developing osteoporosis, so strength training is too. Many women fear getting “ripped” or “bulky,” but you don’t have to use heavy weights to strength train. You can start with your bodyweight, move to using light weights (5-7lbs), and then to heavier (8-10lbs). As you gain muscle mass, your metabolic rate will increase and you’ll burn fat faster!
Try New Exercises
Have you always been into running, dancing, or riding your bike? That’s great! However, you may find that some of these things effect your body more as you get older. Try new classes or sports such as pilates, swimming, tennis, or maybe even spinning and see what works best for you and your body.
Spend More Time Warming Up Your Body
The last thing you want is to pull a muscle or get a serious injury. Make sure you spend longer warming up so your chance of this decreases. It will also help relieve the aches and pains of your previous workouts.
Stretch, Stretch, Stretch!
Being flexible is important for having good posture, and good posture is important for your heart! Poor posture leads to decreased lung capacity, so try yoga, pilates, or band stretching every day!
Get a Personal Trainer
If even for just one lesson! The problem is that there are so many new techniques coming out every year that your old approaches to exercise may no longer be beneficial, or even healthy. By visiting a personal trainer at a local gym, you can get great advice and learn new exercises from them.