It is a known fact that engaging in regular exercise programs has great health benefits, regardless of age, sex or physical activity. Being active boosts good cholesterol and decreases the bad ones, which keeps the blood flowing smoothly, decreasing the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
As we get older, our needs and goals change. There are tips we can use as we get older to ensure we stay safe and pain-free with our exercise and strength training routines and to maximize our efforts.
These tips may be more applicable to people working out in their 40’s and 50’s.
1. Perform a general warm up, low impact activities such as using a stationary bike or other
cardiovascular equipment, for at least 30 minutes, or until you break a light sweat.
2. Take time to prepare your body for the work it is about to do. If you are using light or
heavy weights, gradually increase sets as you can handle.
3. Listen to your body and use exercise routines, variations and tools that feel best to you. If something causes discomfort or pain, don’t continue or switch it out for something else until you feel better. Adjust your routine when necessary.
4. Know your limitations and work around them.
5. More importantly, make it a healthy and fun lifestyle.