Exercising regularly when you are above 50 can aid in increasing energy levels, reducing the risk of disease, reducing stress, improving sleep, reducing the symptoms of many chronic conditions and boosting emotional health. It is vital to know how much exercise is needed.
If someone has been exercising for most of their life, they will have a high level of fitness at 50 and above and will certainly be able to do more. That however doesn’t mean that it is too late for middle-aged people who have never been involved in work-outs.
Experts recommend that postmenopausal women should include a combination of strength, aerobic and balance exercises for at least two and half hours a week. For women, the 50s involve menopause which can cause weight gain; a loss of muscle mass and bone strength; and lower energy levels. Regular exercise can ease these symptoms.
Experts also recommends the same strategies for people who are 65 or older, who are generally fit and have no limiting health conditions.
Before beginning any exercise programme one should get the go ahead from doctor and follow any guidelines they may provide. If at any time you experience nausea, dizziness, or sharp pain, stop exercising immediately and seek medical attention.
The safest exercises for most people to do include:
- Lifting weights or using resistance bands to build strength and strong bones
- Bodyweight exercises like squats and push-ups
- Brisk walking on a level surface