How to Stay Active in Your 50s

Getting active in your 50s can seem intimidating. You may be struggling to find the motivation or confidence to make a change.

However, it’s never too late to get active. Exercise can benefit anyone at any stage of their life – it’s not just for youngsters!

So, if you’re in your 50s, here are some things to remember when getting active…

Remember Why

When committing to being more active, the first step is to remember your inspiration. Why do you want to make this change? Why now?

Are you wanting to get moving due to medical reasons? Are you looking to keep up with the family? Do you generally want to feel better, stronger, fitter?

Getting active is a great way to boost confidence. You don’t need to see massive changes to your appearance to feel the benefits – just knowing that you’re making a change can improve self-esteem.

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

There’s no need to jump in at full speed. Beginning modestly will still show results.

By starting small and building up, you lower the risks of injury. Jumping in too hard, too fast, will do more damage than good. Remember to listen to your body and take note when you’re starting to feel negative effects.

It’s recommended that over 50s get over 150 minutes of exercise per week. This can be divided up over 4 or 5 days. These exercises can be moderate (bike riding, brisk walking, hiking, dancing) or vigorous (running, sports, swimming).

To encourage regular exercise, make a note of it on a calendar or diary. Dedicate time during your week and commit to it.

Prepare Before Exercise

Exercising is only half the battle. As mentioned above, preventing injuries during middle-age is important too.

Before and after getting active, make sure to stretch. This will reduce soreness and the chances of injury. Ease into an activity, and afterwards, make sure to cool down properly too. This can be a walk, light jog, or some jumping jacks.

Also, make sure you have a water bottle on hand and take sips regularly to stay hydrated. This will improve performance and replenish the water lost during exercising.

Enjoy It

An easy way of sustaining a regular exercise regime is to find activities that you enjoy. Forcing yourself into exercise that makes you miserable won’t work!

Maybe the thought of going to a gym scares you. Perhaps participating in sport doesn’t excite you. This doesn’t mean you can’t get active. You can go for a peaceful walk, find a picturesque hike, or dance around your house!

Another way to encourage sticking to an exercise plan is to join a class with friends. This way you can encourage each other while working out. Furthermore, finding a personal trainer might help. Personal trainers are an excellent resource for fitness tips and help to stay motivated.

Keep in Touch with Your Doctor

With older age comes more health issues. Staying in touch with your doctor and attending regular screenings will help you stay on top of any health issues that may arise.

If you already have health issues, talk to your doctor before taking on any new exercise activities, as they will advise what is best for you. Staying active is proven to benefit people living with heart disease and can improve recovery time from certain surgeries such as heart bypass surgery.

Take Time to Recover

While getting active is a valuable lifestyle change, don’t overdo it. Remember to be kind to your body and listen to it.

Take breaks from exercise if you feel sore. Pushing yourself when your body is suffering will only hurt it.

When recovering, make sure you’re getting enough sleep. Most adults require between 7 and 9 hours of sleep. Missing out on this could result in developing health issues and damaging mental health.

It’s Never Too Late

The average life expectancy in the UK is 81 years old. However, the quality of life (rather than the quantity) should be the priority.

Dedicating time to become more active will improve your quality of life. It reduces the risks of developing health issues and improves mental health.

Remember that there is no such thing as failure, just mistakes to learn from. Don’t be too hard on yourself if you forget and miss out on an exercise. It’s all a learning curve so take time to get used to it!

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