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Staying Fit Over the Age of 50

By Stephen R. Farris

If you are over the age of 50, you might find yourself a little more overweight than you'd like to be, as well as feeling a little less energy than you once felt. 

However, you shouldn't let this get you down, especially when there are ways you can overcome these things and get on track to becoming more healthy and active.

First things first. At this age (50 and older) always consult with your physician and/or local chiropractor to see if you're healthy enough to begin a new diet or exercise routine.

With the "disclaimer" out of the way, let's begin the journey. 

First of all, let's take a look at the benefits of maintaining a healthy weight and exercising. The combination with both of these can help keep your blood pressure in check, and in some cases, even lower it to a safer level. Second, they can help prevent you from developing type 2 diabetes. And finally, healthy weight and exercise can also prevent risking heart disease and the onset of arthritis.

What You Should Be Doing

Here's what you should be doing to maintain your health over age 50.

  • Strength training to help keep your muscles fit and toned, and reduce your chances of breaking a bone, which most often can be problematic in folks 50 and over.

  • Partner up. Try not to exercise by yourself if possible. A good workout partner can make exercising more enjoyable and make the time go by quicker, plus it's safer the older you are to have an extra set of hands around in case you get into a bind or fall.

  • Do your daily stretches. It's important to drink a glass of water upon rising each morning, followed by stretching out those joints and muscles before getting dressed and on to your regular routine. Most importantly, you should stretch prior to beginning your workout to ensure your joints and muscles are warmed up and ready.

Things You Shouldn't Do

Here's what you shouldn't do for your health over age 50.

  • Did I mention consulting with your physician and/or chiropractor. Why yes. I did mention that! Make sure you do it beforehand.

  • Gym membership? Nice idea, since they have all of the workout equipment you could ever possibly dream of. However, there's no need to have that added expense starting out. Maybe later on as you advance, but keep it simple. Start your exercise routine at home. There are plenty of exercises you can start with. One of the simplest is to walk or ride a bike.

  • Some people tend to focus only on the cardio aspect of exercise. But in reality, you want a well-balanced workout focusing on your entire body and not just one area. Yoga or tai chi are great examples of emphasizing movement for all body parts.

You see, just because you're getting older doesn't mean you should give up hope on getting more fit and healthy.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Sacramento, Calif.

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