Getting older doesn’t mean you can’t get yourself into shape. As you age, it is important to keep a balanced exercise program including endurance training, strength training, balance exercises, and stretching exercises. By performing all of these activities, you can maintain a healthy, active lifestyle.
Here are five great exercises that will help keep you looking and feeling great.
Walking is one of the simplest exercises around, but is still a great way to get in shape, lose weight and keep it off. You can do it on your own, start walking with a buddy, or join a local walking club. The best part about walking is you can do it anywhere: the gym, the mall, the local park, around the block, or on a treadmill in your living room. That makes it much easier to stick to than other exercise plans because it’s harder to avoid. And depending on where you walk and who you do it with, it can also be tons of fun.
2. Water Aerobics
This is a great way to exercise and make friends, whether you’re new to exercise or are in great shape. Gyms usually offer classes for all ages, skill levels, and goal levels. The water offers great resistance, plus it’s low impact so it’s easier on your body. You get the burn of a high impact workout without the strain on your body.
3. Weight Training
Did you know people who work out and do weight training lose just as much weight, but a much higher percentage of that weight is body fat. Weight training doesn’t have to be hard and it doesn’t mean you’re going to get big and bulky. Plus, weight training in addition to your exercise routine can decrease loss of muscle mass and bone density and help you maintain mobility and balance as you age, which can greatly improve your health and quality of life.
While some yoga requires an enormous amount of strength and balance, there are plenty of poses that are great for those who are just getting started or who might have health issues. Try taking a class specifically targeted to beginners or those with lower skill levels. Yoga is a great way to gain flexibility and retain balance, and it’s also great for staying relaxed and getting a better night’s sleep.
No, you’re probably not going to be a professional athlete any time soon, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go out and have some fun. Many local community centers and senior organizations have “for fun” sports leagues that you can join. You can meet people, stay in shape, and have a little fun. Don’t want to play in a league? Why not just go to the park and play baseball with your grandkids; you’ll get a workout that way too.
Whatever you do to stay in shape, the most important part is to have fun. That way, you’ll stick with it and stay healthy for a long time to come.