Old age doesn’t mean you need to stop doing the activities you love. However, you may need to make some changes as to how you go about your fitness routine. With these six tips, you can improve your fitness level even as you age. Don’t let the world slow you down!
Drink plenty of water before you exercise. As we age, our bodies metabolize water differently. It is easier for someone who is older to become dehydrated. Drinking a glass of water before going to exercise is very important. It is also helpful to bring a bottle of water with you to the workout as well. Take plenty of drink breaks throughout the activity. You will find that your performance will improve when you are hydrated. Never forget to stay hydrated throughout the day as well.
Loosen and Warm Up
Warm up with some light loosening movements before you begin any activity. Try to warm up the areas of the body you will need for that specific exercise. Pay particular attention to your joints. Tendons and ligaments can be damaged just like muscle, so make sure they are warm before beginning. Don’t forget to cool down after the workout as well. Stretch and keep warm muscles loose and limber.
Consider Specialized Fitness Classes
You might find you get more out of a specialized fitness program designed for older adults. Many retirement homes or Sunshine retirement living communities have such programs available at all hours of the day. These will be led by a professional instructor who can offer guidance and support. Many exercises such as Yoga or Tai Chi for example, are excellent for the specific problems many elderly people face as seen on this website. A fitness instructor can lead you through these workouts at a steady pace that works for you.
Be Social with Fitness
Another benefit of a fitness class is the group dynamic. Working out with a group of people is often more motivating than doing it on your own. This is also a great way to make friends and meet new people. Socializing is excellent for mood and mental health. Even if you don’t like the idea of a class, invite others to go for walks or bike rides with you just so you can have a regular routine with friends.
Vitamins and Supplements
Consider taking vitamins and/or supplements for those in your age bracket. There are many supplements specifically designed for people fifty and above. These can help you maintain your muscles, joints and immune systems.
Keep things in moderation. Accept that there are some new challenges that come with aging. While you may need to adapt your workouts, there is no need to give up on them completely. Go at your own pace and continue doing the things you love. Now that you have more time, you can place more focus on your active hobbies.
Age doesn’t need to interfere with your fitness! You can even improve with age. Follow these six tips to improve your fitness during every stage of your retirement.