Fitness has long been a young-person’s game, striking us in our twenties and lasting through to our forties, our peak physical condition. For humans, this is the time when our hormones are in full swing, our metabolisms are fast, and our energy levels are up. Getting fit in your twenties is no mean feat, but trying the same once you’re past 50 is a whole different story.
Lifting a forty kilogram weight might not be in our repertoire any longer, but this in no way spells the end of fitness for you once you cross that threshold. With the help of some protein and other supplements you can find at select aged care stores, you can be back in the gym sooner than you realise, and adding years on to the end of your life.
It goes without saying that pushing beyond the limit becomes less sound advice the further you get in life, as the consequences become more dire. Instead of strained muscles, torn ligaments, or hairline fractures, the risks are closer related to strokes or heart attacks. The start of your fitness journey is a trip to your GP to have a physical and to get their advice on what you can and cannot do, and what you should and should not do. Learning these things means you can more reasonably pace yourself during your workout and push yourself without risk.
Fit as a Fiddle
After a trip to the doctor, you can begin your exercise regime, however the help of a personal trainer can be paramount to your success in this pursuit. Personal trainers know every muscle in your body, and through a series of tests they can work out which of your muscles are strong and which are not, meaning your workouts can be tailor made to suit your needs and any existing injuries can be taken into account. This is safer than just throwing yourself headlong at a big chrome machine at the gym and hoping for the best.
Cardio is something a lot of older people don’t think of when they think of restarting the exercise game, because moving nimbly and with agility is, for many of us, about as possible as doing a backflip. This doesn’t mean that this rules out cardio entirely though, in fact it means quite the opposite. Take this as a challenge, instead of a reason not to try. Start your cardio slow and steady, with some walking of a route well known to you, and as that becomes easy to do, upgrade it to a more difficult walk. Do this until walking is easy, and then upgrade that to slow jogging. This method can be followed through to running eventually, as long as your doctor agrees that it’s a good idea.
All the hundreds of dollars people spend on weights and weight machines are literally useless if they can’t lift their own bodyweight yet. Starting with bodyweight is a good way to test your boundaries and ease yourself back into the game, and it will help with body mobility as well.
When you can comfortably and capably move yourself, it’s time to hit the weights.
Start out small and make sure you are capable in the weight level you have before moving to the next weight level up. Taking your time won’t kill you, but not taking your time might.
The later years in life can be full of many wonderful things, and exercise can be one of those things if you are willing to persevere and commit to your workouts.