How many times have you heard “50 is the new thirty” recently? Although there are mixed opinions on this, it is definitely true that quality of life matters whether one feels thirty years old or over fifty years young. It’s no secret that science has proven exercise is one of the main factors which contributes to a better quality of life. Yet how we exercise matters if we want to improve and maintain vibrant lifestyles. Making the time is the first step. Then, it all works out.
When we are younger, we often take for granted things like getting up from a chair, climbing stairs, or just plain walking normally. But, by the time we reach our golden years, tripping and falling, mental decline, physical weakness, and a decline in general vitality can be causes of concern. Although we don’t need to be able to dunk a basketball, it may be important to skip or jump over the cat when it unexpectedly darts from under the sofa. By keeping in mind the following five things, we can tailor our exercise routines to include key components in maintaining independence and the freedom to make our own choices in our daily activities as we age.
Balance becomes more challenging as we age. Focusing on exercises that
increase balance can decrease our risk of falling. Strong balance can make a world of difference in aging well.
Being able to skip and jump are markers of youth. Agility gives us the mobility and flexibility to move with ease.
3) Strength Training.
Building muscle not only improves bone density and overall health, but it also makes us feel powerful enough to try new things by building our confidence.
4) Heart Health.
A healthy heart is fundamental in keeping up with the demands of a healthy amount of exercise. Being heart strong leads to being physically strong.
5) Brain Health.
Quick wit can be seen as the biggest marker of youth. To be balanced, agile, strong, and hearty in brain function is possibly the ultimate indication of youthfulness.
Some of the best, simple ways to improve in these areas are:
- Yoga. Yoga increases mental function, flexibility, improves the connection
between nerves and muscles, and strengthens the core.
- Sit-Stand reps and/or squats. Practicing repetitions of sitting and standing from
your chair or squatting a few times every hour increases circulation and leg and
core strength. Be sure to study up on proper form first.
- Swimming and/or aquatic exercise. Although, walking, running, cycling, and
pretty much any other type of aerobic exercise is helpful, being able to
incorporate fluid resistance while moving activates aerobics, strength training,
and mental engagement. It’s the perfect way to incorporate all five of the key
components mentioned above.
- Mental activity. Keep your brain active by reading, writing, completing puzzles,
engaging in lively, thoughtful conversations.
Exercising over 50 can be just as easy and fun as doing so at thirty. It’s all a matter of
committing to doing so and making it a priority.