Senior Fitness Tips for Age 50 and Beyond
At fifty, many of us take stock of our lives.
We can look back on careers, friends, and family
that we are proud of, but what do we want to do
with our middle years? How can we make the
most of our lives?
Perhaps the most overlooked aspect of our later
years, as well as the one that may have the
greatest impact on our overall well-being, is our
health and fitness. How, then, can we best ensure
our health and fitness into our mid and later
years? Exercise can help slow down the
onset of the symptoms of aging.
The health benefits of a good exercise program are
numerous. Exercise helps maintain muscle
strength and joint flexibility. In addition,
the stress put on our bones through exercise help
maintain their strength and integrity. Even
our mood can be improved by staying
healthy---researchers have discovered a link
between exercise and a decrease in depression and
anxiety. This may be due to the increase in
energy and the improved sleeping patterns among
fit fifty year olds.
Of course, nothing beats exercise for battling
weight gain and getting our body into the kind of
shape that can still turn heads as we walk down
the street. Besides that, our blood pressure
tends to drop, lowering the chance of heart
disease. Even our immune system gets a boost
from regular exercise. Believe it or not,
physical activity has even been linked to improved
mental function! Think of the advantages of
living a longer and a more active life.
From walking, running or cycling, to push-ups
and sit-ups to actual weight lifting, at home or
at the gym, each form of exercise has its own
benefits to keeping you fit and strong. This
will reduce the discomfort to the joints and
muscles after the exercises are done.
Similarly, after a workout, make sure and take the
time to stretch and cool down.
How you decide to stay fit and healthy is up to
you. If the thought of bouncing around a gym
or workout center in spandex makes you cringe,
||Chair aerobics are designed to give those with
mobility problems a good cardio workout without
putting strain on the joints and bones. A
chair aerobics session may include kicks, punches
and stretches, and often includes the use of
workout bands and weights to increase strength and
resistance training as the workouts get more
Better heart function, lower blood
pressure, increased circulation and heightened
alertness, say the experts. It's the perfect
solution if you can't leave your desk or if you
work at home and can't get to the gym. It's
also an excellent solution for older Americans who
may not be as mobile as they once were, but who
can benefit from regular exercise.
According to many recent studies, engaging
in moderate exercise three to five times a
week can help reduce the risk of heart
disease, hypertension, stroke, diabetes and
Among the exercise that the American
Physical Therapy Association recommends for
seniors are golf, gardening, walking,
swimming and jogging.
Water fitness classes are among the best
aerobics exercises you can do, especially if
you suffer from joint stiffness or arthritic
Because you're in the water, there's no
impact shock, making water exercises the
ideal form of low-impact aerobic exercise.
Get out there today and Feel Good!