As you grow older, it becomes more important than ever to maintain an active lifestyle. If you have not been keen on health and fitness in the past, your fifties are the best time to start. And don’t worry even if you are older than 50, it is never too late. It is important, however, to keep in mind that embarking on a fitness regime when you are older comes with more complications. Your body is no longer as young and flexible as it used to be, and you may even be suffering from certain conditions such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
It is therefore important to follow the following senior fitness safety tips before you get jump start your active lifestyle.
1. Get medical clearance first.
Before you make your way to the gym to get started on an exercise regime, visit your doctor and have a little chat. Ask whether there are any activities you should avoid. This is especially important if you have a pre-existing condition.
2. Consider your health concerns.
If you have a health problem, you need to factor this when making an exercise schedule. For example, if you have diabetes you will need to consider adjusting the timing of medication and meal plans when drawing up your new exercise schedule.
3. Start slowly.
If you have enjoyed a sedentary lifestyle in your earlier years, do not make the mistake of going ‘all out’ when you start your fitness regime. You will crash and burn if you approach your new lifestyle this way. Instead, build up your exercise program bit by bit. Space your workouts in a way that enables you to comfortably adjust.
4. Focus on short-term goals.
This is a good way to stay motivated as short term goals are easily achievable compared to long term goals such as weight loss. Some short term goals may include stress reduction and boosting of energy levels.
5. Commit to your exercise schedule.
Purpose to commit to your exercise schedule for about 3 to 4 weeks so that it becomes a habit and before you know it you will be taking to exercise like a duck to water.
6. Recognize problems.
If you experience pain during exercise, that is your cue to stop. Exercise should not make you feel pain. In case you feel dizzy, short of breath or develop chest pain, call your doctor immediately. Engage in exercise only if it leaves you feeling better.
Staying fit and healthy when you are over 50 is possible if you are committed to making it so.