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Working Out in Your 50s

woman working out in her 50s

Woman, in her 50s, working out.

When you hit 50 you can still keep doing the exercise you’ve always loved and enjoyed but it’s really time to start settling down and being sensible about things. At this stage it’s very easy to develop bone and joint problems from exercising so you need to pay close attention to your body if you want to stay healthy.

Brisk swimming and walking are great exercise at this age as they won’t put a strain on your heart, muscles, joints or bones, yet they still allow you to keep fit. Walking in particular is an excellent keep fit activity (providing it is done at a brisk pace and makes you breath heavier than normal) as it allows you to get plenty of fresh air and you can see what’s happening in your local area. If the weather is wet or rainy, then you can swap walking for a swim in the pool. This variety should help keep you motivated, and not bored.

As well as helping you keep your weight down, exercising will also help your heart. To help improve the condition of your heart even further you should avoid fatty foods and get regular blood pressure and cholesterol checks from your doctor to see what’s happening inside your body. Keeping your heart feeling young will help you feel young!

Try and get about 30 minutes of quality cardio exercise in about 4 or 5 times a week to stay healthy.

Positive Attitude
Believe it or not, having a positive mental attitude to aging and weight loss can help you stay fitter and lose weight. Studies have also shown that it adds years to your lifespan. When you’re 50 it’s easy to think that you’re allowed to let yourself put on weight. This is a dangerous thing to think and is not acceptable.

A positive attitude also means making those small changes in your life that can have a big impact on your health. Small things such as walking up and down stairs instead of taking the lift, getting off the bus one stop early or parking your car a bit further from work will all contribute.

As you age your diet not only needs to help you stay fit; it must now meet a second criterion – keeping you healthy. This means keeping fat levels to a minimum (remember though, you do still need a certain amount of fat in your diet to stay healthy) and eating large amounts of fresh fruit and vegetables.

You should also try and avoid any products that will raise your cholesterol. This doesn’t have to be as hard as it sounds though – many products now advertise that they are good for your cholesterol. Think about Flora margarines. They have certain spreads that are kind to your heart. Making small changes such as this will make a big difference in the long run.

Dealing with Pain
Pain can creep up on us and stop us doing certain things when we’re 50, especially the problem of back pain. If you’re struggling with things like this it might help to know that eating the right foods and exercising enough times a week can counteract this.

You can talk to your doctor about what exercises you can do to help you deal with your specific pains but many basic resistance exercises can help you out here. Pilate and Yoga classes can make a huge difference to pain, keep you fit, and help you meet new people.

Embarrassed about Exercising?
A lot of people can get nervous about exercising when they’re getting older, especially if they haven’t done it for a long time. They don’t like to be in classes with young people and they’re worried they might get shown up.

There are, however, many age- and gender-specific classes that exist so that, for example, those in the 50s can get together and exercise together in a safe environment. There will be plenty of people at the classes whose fitness is worse than yours, and you’ll be able to meet plenty of people who have the same goals as you.

When you hit 50 it’s time to start taking your foot off the gas and slow down your exercise routine. This doesn’t mean stop exercising though, you simply need to alter your style of exercise. You should try and take low-impact exercise classes that won’t damage your joints.

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