If you’re over 50, it can be tough to get motivated and stay on track with exercise. You might even feel like your age is an excuse for not taking care of yourself. But the truth is, if you want to live a long life (and who doesn’t?), exercising regularly may be one of the best things you can do for your health!
Tips for Fitness Over 50
Fitness over 50 is not as scary as it seems. It’s important to know that you don’t have to be an elite athlete or work out for hours a day. You can still get great benefits from exercising as little as 30 minutes per day – and yes, even just three times per week.
1. Try A Dance Class
Dance classes are a fun activity that will have both aerobic benefits and muscle toning/strengthening benefits. You might want to try line dancing, ballet barre or zumba; all of these types of dance will be super beneficial for women over 50 because they’re low impact on joints but still give lots of motions so figure out which type suits
2. Add Weight Training to Your Routine
You can also add some weight training to your regimen for increased strength and muscle tone. If you’ve never tried it before, don’t worry; it’s really easy! The best way to start out is by visiting my Instagram for easy beginner workouts and different demonstration videos on how to properly do squats, lunges, dumbbell curls, and more!
3. Join a Class
You may also want to consider joining a fitness class! You could try water aerobics which is gentle on joints and often has other perks like working out with others and having a trainer motivate you. If you don’t have time for an in-person class, join my strength training app, SloaneSquad for the best at-home body toning workouts around.
If all else fails, start with small changes in lifestyle such as taking stairs over elevators when possible. These little things will add up quickly!
4. Take Frequent Walks
Whatever you do, walk as much as possible! Going for a walk around the block at least three times per day is excellent exercise! Along with walking, you can do some light jogging to increase your heart rate and burn more calories.
Another great way to get in shape is by making time for outdoor activities like soccer games or kickball – it’ll help keep kids active too!
5. Commit to Your Best You!
Are you doing all these things already? Or you want to take it up a notch and really dig into building strength? I have all the tools for you. From over 30+ years of developing my own fitness lifestyle, I’ve got the personal experience that says you can do it too! That’s why I developed unique programs for people at all ages.
So, commit to your best all-round self with trying out a full 20-minute workout at home, exploring weight training options, trying out my workout-friendly meals, and try developing your own fitness plan. I know it can be difficult to get started, so I’ve made all this and more available to you in my SloaneSquad App – I would love to help you get started! Join the free trial today.
Remember: Exercise Keeps Your Heart Healthy
A strong heart is key for those over 50 because the healthier it is, the easier time it has pumping blood around your body which means less stress on other organs like your kidneys and lungs. For example: remember when I mentioned those kids? Well once they’re grown up (and gone!), all of their running around might put more strain on mommy’s heart than ever before if she doesn’t take care of herself now. Check out these tips from John Hopkins medicine for more ideas!
The first few weeks are the toughest – but keep at it and you’ll be amazed by what your body can do.
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