5 Tips To Staying Fit After 50

Home Over 55 Staff Writer 2016-03-24

There are plenty of reasons to think about keeping fit after 50, or any age for that matter. Whether you were physically fit before the age of 50 or not, you can begin thinking about implementing physical exercise into your life for optimal health. Health experts assert that being fit in your 50’s and beyond can help you in many ways, including reducing some menopause symptoms like hot flashes, as well as pain in the joints. It can also lower the risk of diabetes and heart disease, help you sleep better at night, and help you maintain your weight at a comfortable level.

Getting and staying fit after 50 is not as difficult as you may think. To help you out, heed the following tips on how you can keep fit after 50 and enjoy life’s journey to the fullest:

  1. Adopt healthy eating habits

    It’s time to really take a look at your eating habits and make a decision to adopt healthy ones. You may be doing alright in this department, but chances are there is room for improvement. Consider adding many fruits and vegetables to your diet, as well as drinking a lot of filtered water. Cut out sugar and processed foods as best as you can, as this will help keep inflammation and some disease at bay. Choose lean meats and begin to educate yourself when it comes to nutrition. Consider hiring a nutritional coach if you cannot make the changes yourself or you simply need some encouragement. Your health will be influenced by the foods you eat, so choose wisely.

  2. Embrace weight resistance training

    You may think lifting weights is only for body builders, but actually weight training is essential for those who are aging. Lifting weights on a consistent basis will help your body to remain strong and helps you feel better mentally and emotionally too. Now, strength training can be done in your home or yard as well. Pick up a couple of dumbbells and research weight training for those over 50 and commit to exercising 3 to 5 times per week. There are various strength training DVD or YouTube videos you can choose from. You can also do things like gardening or golfing in order to build your strength up.

  3. Get your cardio on

    As you age, you want to be sure that you’re getting some cardio exercise, as cardiovascular health is one area that those over 50 tend to struggle with. This means that you want to do exercises that help you breathe faster, like brisk walking or bicycling. If you have a dog, get into the habit of walking him/her daily. There are so many ways to get a cardio workout, including hiking, golfing, cardio machines at the gym, aerobic classes, and swimming. Get in the habit of a good cardio workout daily by getting that heart pumping.

  4. Take up a hobby

    Get passionate about a hobby, as those that engage in their passions as they age tend to have more energy and vitality. They’re also more optimistic and content with life. Maybe you’ve put a particular hobby on the shelf or there’s something you’ve wanted to try but haven’t yet. Start cultivating what you’re passionate about and this will help you keeping fit mentally, emotionally, and perhaps physically after 50.

  5. Take up yoga and meditation/prayer

    Yoga and meditation are wonderful stress relievers and those that practice regularly report that they feel better mind, body, and spirit. Yoga can certainly help reduce stress, build stronger muscles, and help you become more flexible. Also, taking just 10 to 15 minutes a day for meditation or prayer can certainly help you feel happier and healthier.

Keeping fit after 50 takes discipline, time, and effort, but once you begin implementing tips like these into your life, you’ll notice that the benefits are so worth it that you want to continue. A healthy lifestyle, whether you are in assisted living or independent living, can become habitual and even if you get out of sync every now and then, you can easily get back on track in no time. Take these tips into consideration as you age and continue well into your 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and so on. You’re worth it!

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