Tips for Exercising Over 50
Getting older doesn't mean you have to slow down.
Roger Strauss and Eve Kofsky are a husband and wife tandem riding team, putting that theory to the test.
“Cycling is a great way to do low impact exercise and especially as you age, it's more gentle on your knees than pounding the pavement. It's fun,” says Kofsky.
If you're trying to add a workout regimen to your life, start with at least 30 minutes of moderate intensity exercise, at least five days a week.
Pick an activity that's enjoyable and realistic.
“If you're going to all the sudden start swimming and you hate water, that's probably not a great idea. Something that is realistic for you to be able to do. For example, if you like to walk, is there a place you can walk?” says Dr. Jonathan Flacker of Emory School of Medicine.
Working out in groups or with a partner can be helpful.
“I find that if people are exercising in groups, they're more likely to be successful because you kind of hold each other accountable for participating in the program.”
Working out as you get older can also keep some serious health issues at bay.
“Things like thin bones, osteoporosis, things like heart disease, high blood pressure, stroke, diabetes, fall risk.”
Working out as you age also helps maintain your ability to live independently, and reduces the risk of falling and fracturing bones.