Fitness in your 50’s

There is no reason why you can’t be fit in your 50’s….

Many women believe they are now beyond the benefits of exercise, and what’s more most of the women who used to play sport have packed their sporting gear away due to ongoing body aches and pains. You may find that you have lost significant muscle strength and tone and your posture is beginning to hunch as your shoulders droop forward.

This is where resistance (weight) training 2-3 times per week is invaluable to benefit your whole body as your strength & posture tends to deteriorate over these years if nothing is done to counteract. It is particularly important for back strength.

Focussing on improving posture, flexibility and stability including core strength is equally important, therefore a pilates or yoga session per week is valuable.

Aim for at least 30 min daily cardio exercise (walking, swimming or cycling) with a medium level intensity as this will increase your aerobic capacity and assist in keeping your heart, muscles and lungs healthy.

It’s important to note that you may need additional time for recovery after a hard session compared to the younger version of you, so ensure you listen to your body and adapt accordingly. If some exercises are exacerbating old injuries or creating pain, consult a professional who can assist you to change the exercise rather than stop exercising altogether.

Would you like some assistance to ensure you are on the right track with your exercise routine?  Contact me for your complimentary exercise check up.

About the Author Mel Macaulay

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