Getting fit past the age of 50 can seem like a daunting prospect, but it doesn’t have to be an impossible task. Many people get fit again (or for the first time) after the age of 50, and they feel so much better for it too. That’s the way it should be and you’ll feel the benefits in every aspect of your life once you start to get fit.
But how should you go about making all that happen? There are some tips that’ll help you achieve your fitness goals and find successful workouts that you can sink your teeth into week after week. Read on now to find out more about the tips that’ll help you get fit after 50.
Stick to Exercise You Enjoy
The first and most important thing to keep in mind is that you should stick to exercises that you enjoy. This matters because when you do exercises you enjoy, you can be sure that you’ll stick to your workout schedule. Think about it; when working out becomes a task that you simply hate, it’s much easier to simply throw in the towel and give up, even if that’s not the best thing for your health and long-term fitness.
As you start to work out more and build your fitness, you might start to think you should push yourself harder. And yes, increasing the intensity is necessary as you become fitter and get in better shape. But you don’t want to throw yourself in the deep end or try to push yourself too hard early on. This can lead to injuries and setbacks that’ll be detrimental to your fitness in the long-run. Instead, build slowly and pace yourself.
Exercise in a Group or with Friends
It’s usually best to exercise with other people because they can keep you motivated and ensure you remain on the right path. It also turns the process of working out into a more social activity rather than something that you have to do by yourself. It’s another way of ensuring you don’t give up and a way of making it more enjoyable for you. Exercise needn’t be a daunting task. With friends or groups of potential new friends, you’ll enjoy it much more.
Make Workouts a Part of Your Schedule
Working out needs to become a habit and a part of your schedule. By cementing it within your current daily or weekly routines, you’ll be able to make sure you keep doing it. It’ll then become normal for you and you won’t even question it or feel like you have to make a special effort to exercise. Finding time to workout is one of the biggest obstacles people face when they’re looking to get fit, so don’t overlook this.
Set Fitness Targets
Fitness targets help you stay on track and focused on the things that matter most of all. It provides you with some direction and a little extra motivation and that’s the way it should be when you’re looking to get in shape. Everyone will have different reasons for wanting to work out and get in shape, so you’ll have to come up with the fitness targets that are right for you. It’s best to make them measurable so you can track your progress over time.
Remember Stretching and Balance
Stretching and balance are two important parts of getting fit over 50. You’ll be more likely to suffer injuries at this age if you don’t warm up and stretch properly, so don’t be tempted to skip this aspect of exercising. It pays off to take a few minutes to warm your muscles up correctly and not doing so is simply not worth the risk. Working on balance will help you stay stable and mobile in your day to day life too.
Try a Little Strength Training
Strength training might be something you’ve never done before, but you could certainly benefit from it. Working on your strength will help you to feel more energetic and capable in many different aspects of your life. It doesn’t have to be about building huge muscles or lifting heavy weights. Even some beginner level weight training can really change how you feel and help you feel stronger each day.
If you’re going to achieve long-term improvements that’ll have a real and lasting impact on your physical condition, you need to make sure you stay as consistent as possible with your exercises. Failing to do this will lead to inconsistent results and you won’t hit your fitness goals. Sure, there will be times when you want to give up but for the good of your health, you have to remain motivated and stay consistent.
Celebrate Milestones and Successes
When you do achieve success with regards to your fitness, you should recognize those moments and celebrate those successes. It’s not often you hit a fitness milestone or achieve one of your original goals. It can be good for you to celebrate it when it comes and then turn to your next challenge and the next stage of your fitness journey. Be proud of what you’re doing and what you’re achieving because you’ll be the main beneficiary of it.
Eat Healthy and Get Enough Sleep
As well as the workout side of things, you also need to do what you can to eat healthily. Exercising well is only one side of the coin; if you don’t eat healthily, you’ll negate some of the gains you made with your workouts. On top of that, you need to make sure that you’re getting enough sleep so your body has the chance to recover and repair itself between workouts.
Getting fit after 50 doesn’t have to be a struggle. After all, these changes will help you to feel better and more energized each day and that’s what matters most. You’ll feel more mobile, stronger and you’ll lose any excess fat that you’ve been trying to get rid of for a long time. It’s more than worth putting in the necessary time and effort.
Workouts for Any Age
Think you’re too old for Team Duwe Fitness workouts? Think again…
Countless 50, 60, and even 70 plus year old individuals have been using Team Duwe Fitness workouts and they are loving it. Feeling amazing. With minor adjustments, that are explained during the workout videos, anyone at any fitness level can follow the workouts, get moving, and feel the benefits!