It saddens me is that most people become less active the older they get. This can cause a lot of problems for your muscles, bones and your overall health. Exercise and healthy eating really should be everyone’s primary aim, for a disease-free & fulfilling life — no matter what age.
As you get older, it may become apparent to you that you’re not as energetic or can recover from exercise as well. I have noticed this in my 40’s, which has produced many problems in my hips and hamstrings. It doesn’t take much to push something slightly out of place — then we have to spend hours and a lot of money with physiotherapists and deep tissue massage.
If you’re like me, it’s pretty normal to “kill it” in the gym, no matter what age you may be. Recently, as my physio examined me, she could tell that I’m quite an avid lifter. Her response to one of my answers was, “you know, you don’t have to kill yourself in the gym to get great results.” She’s right — and the conditioning of years of quite ghastly bodybuilding theories, I found myself nodding, contemplating taking on something like “yoga” for stretching and relaxation. It made me shudder somewhat!
A lot of yoga gurus have told me that it’s better for me than weight lifting. Sorry, I cannot even comprehend this, and nothing is better than the other. As I see it, moderate participation in different activities (that hopefully interest us) is the key to exercising well as we age.
Three essential exercise everyone should do as they age.
1. Walking. If you find that running or jogging is a bit hard on your joints and leaves you feeling quite exhausted — why not try walking instead. You can get away with walking at any age, even if you are recovering from an injury. It’s low impact enough to still give you a bit of a cardio boost (as well as some fat burning) without causing any issues in your joints. I love that I can walk as much as I want and can zone out in the process. I always leave my car at home and put on those sneakers for a good old walk. Perhaps as you get a lot older, you might not walk as fast, but it still pays to sets some goals. What distance do you want to cover, how many steps do you want to do in a single day etc. This will help keep you…