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Starting Exercise When Over the Age of 50

By Stephen R. Farris

If you're over the age of 50, you might not be in the best of shape the way you were back in your teens or as a young adult. Over the years you may have developed a few unhealthy habits such as smoking, drinking excessive alcohol, or eating the wrong types of foods. So now you're faced with being at a higher risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes or other health ailments that may come up, due to your lifestyle choice.

However, it's never too late to change up your routine and start taking control of your lifestyle by choosing the right foods to help reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes, along with starting an exercise regime to help you drop a few unwanted pounds.

Before starting any exercise regime, talk with your doctor or chiropractor to find out what they recommend, and tips they may have to help get you on the road to a healthier you.

Strength Training

As we grow older, our muscles begin to lose strength. It may be harder to lift things as we once did with ease, or even something as simple as opening the lid on a jar. You don't have to hit the gym and try to keep up with the younger generations. Start out with weights that are comfortable and that will allow you to do more reps and sets. Once you start feeling stronger, then you can gradually move up. Overall, you want to build up your strength and maintain it.

Workout Partners

It's usually best to find someone to work out with. Not only can you help each other out, especially when lifting weights, a workout partner can keep you motivated to work out on a regular basis. And vice versa. If you take up walking or jogging, working out with a partner can provide good company as both of you can share good conversation while working toward getting into better shape.

Stretch It Out

Prior to your workout, it's important to stretch out your muscles and tendons to loosen them up. The last thing you need is to jump right into exercising and pull something.

There are a few things you might not want to do when starting an exercise regimen, such as not getting approval by your doctor or chiropractor, or sign up for membership at a fancy gym. There are plenty of exercises you can do at home to start out with. Later on, you might check into that gym membership. While your heart is important, there are other parts of your body that need attention when exercising as well.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in West Melbourne, Fla.

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