Many people think you stop exercising after you cross a certain age, and for some, that age is 50. But this is not true. There is no age limit to keeping fit. In fact, doing exercises after 50 can be very beneficial as it can prevent certain conditions and make your body function better.
As you age, your body would no longer be in top shape like it was when you were in your 20s or 30s. You are more susceptible to conditions like heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, and so on. Doing exercises can help keep you fit and keep these conditions at bay.
When in your 50s, you would not be as strong as you were two or three decades ago. You also have to take great care when doing certain activities, as you are more prone to injuries now. Still, there are some exercises that you can try, and we would be looking at them in today’s post.
NOTE: It is advised that you consult with your rift or before doing any of these workouts, especially If you have any health condition.
Jogging is a very easy exercise that you can do every day, or as often as you can. It is best you do it early in the morning or in the evening when the sun is down. The distance you would jog is entirely up to you, but you can aim to cover a few streets or jog for just 30 minutes before a day. Jogging boosts the respiratory system and improves bone strength, which helps to prevent injuries and trauma. It also helps to curb mental stress and refreshes your mind, which is why you would feel better after a good jogging session.
Remember to maintain a slow and steady pace when jogging.
If you enjoyed riding bicycles when you were young, then you would find it very rewarding now that you are getting old. Biking is such a fun activity that helps to keep the body healthy. Biking helps to improve joint mobility and also muscular strength and flexibility.
This is where it gets a bit intense. Planks are not everyone’s favourite exercise, but they are not also very difficult or strenuous.
To do planks, simply rest your forearm on the ground and stretch your legs with your toes touching the floor. It is important that your body is straight and properly stretched. Maintain that position for 15-30 seconds, then release. You can take a break and do it two or three more times.
Planks help to maintain a good posture and also builds better core strength as well as improve metabolism.
Squat is another exercise that you would benefit from. To do squats, start with your feet apart and go down to a sitting position, slowly, without resting on anything. Make sure to put your weight on your heels. Maintain that position for 5 seconds, then slowly come back up.
Squats help to strengthen the tendons, bones, and ligaments. It also helps burn calories and reduces the chances of knee and ankle injuries. The tip to doing a proper squat is to maintain a good rhythm, both when going down and when getting up.
Jump rope, or skipping ropes, is another exercise you can do to stay in proper shape. One good thing about this exercise is that it helps to burn calories. It is also good for the heart as it improves circulation and reduces the risk of heart disease.
You can aim to start small and increase your target the more you do it.