It’s a common misconception that as you get older, your activity levels must decline, but in reality, you are never too old to move your body and should try to stay as active as possible so long as it is safe for you to do so. If you’re concerned about staying fit and active as you age, then here are a few things to consider.
It’s never too late to start
Whatever your age, it is never too late to start exercising. Even if you have been largely inactive for some time, with the right professional advice, you can start moving your body. The key to getting back into exercise after a period of inactivity is to increase your activity levels gradually, so don’t jump in at the deep end. If you have a medical condition or are concerned about exercising again, then do speak with your GP first so that they can advise you on the best course of action.
Don’t forget strength training
Strength training is extremely important for adults over the age of 50 as it can help to slow down muscle decline and to prevent muscle atrophy. Strength training has also been shown to help bone density, so although you may not feel as though strength training should be on your agenda, it most definitely should be as it can help to prevent fractures and mobility issues later down the line.
Speak with your care provider
If you currently receive at-home care or are in a care home, that doesn’t mean that you can no longer exercise. Speak with your elderly care services provider about introducing exercise into your daily routine, and they should be happy to accommodate. Most care home providers have some form of exercise class available to their residents, and if you are looking to work out at home, then it can be nice to have the company of your carer while you do so.
Experiment and have fun
Exercise is never a one-size-fits-all thing, so don’t expect to like the same activities as your friends or your partner. The way to ensure that exercise becomes an integral part of your routine is to make sure that you enjoy it, so experiment with different forms of exercise such as yoga, strength training, pilates, and Zumba, and find what works for you.
Walk more, sit less
And lastly, so long as you are able to do so, keep the phrase ‘walk more, sit less’ in the back of your mind at all times. As you get older, it can be easy to sit down and stay comfortable, but it is essential that you get out of your comfort zone and walk as much as possible to keep your mobility levels up.
As you get older, as soon as you stop moving your body, things will start to seize up and it becomes harder to get started again. So stay consistent, research fitness tips for older adults, find an activity that you enjoy, and make exercise a priority for a fitter and healthier life.