Fitness in Your Fifties (part 1)
- Start a weight training program. As you get older, you tend to lose bone mass. Weight training helps you maintain that mass, which will in turn prevent osteoporosis. If you’ve been weight training for 3 days a week, consider adding an extra day, and alternate the body parts. In other words, 2 days of lower body and 2 days of upper body. If you don’t want to work with weights, you can use fitness tubes and bands.
- Enroll in a Pilates class. As we get older, our posture more or less “devolves.” Pilates helps you maintain correct postural alignment, which will help you look younger.
Find low-impact alternatives for some of your aerobic activities. You might still be able to run, but not at the same intensity. Instead, engage in hiking in the warmer months, and cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.
Purchase foam rollers. They are a cross between flexibility exercise and a massage.
Practice sports that require agility, such as tennis and basketball. They will help keep you mentally alert.
Join groups of fitness-minded people in their 50s. It will help you stay motivated.