Having a workout routine is just as important as any beauty and skin care regimen. Admittedly, starting out can be daunting. But the benefits are undeniably great. As we grow older, having to move and be active is a great deterrent for rapid aging. It helps you get better sleep, enhance mobility, release stress and improve overall health. Plus, it makes you feel good!
The good news is It’s never too late to start exercising. Fortunately, there’s a ton of resources to help you start moving. What’s important is finding the right workout for you. So we’ve lined up different and effective workouts for people over 50 to try.
It would be ideal to consult a Physician before doing any of the exercises below. But if you’re ever in doubt, always start slow and easy and work your way up from there.
Do not do all these exercises sequentially. Try them out one at a time and see what works for you. Let’s begin!
1. THE WARM UP
Duration: 11 mins
Doing a warm up is critical before starting any workout routine. Warm ups lessen the risk of injuries and help optimize the benefits from your exercise. Short and easy, these movements are a good way to begin your fitness journey.
2. FULL BODY STRETCHING
Duration: 10 mins
Wake your body up with a full body stretch. This routine is gentle, making it suitable for those starting out on their wellness journey. It helps improve flexibility and mobility while relieving stiffness in your body.
3. THE BOOTY LIFT WORKOUT
Duration: 10 mins
Here’s something that’s a little more targeted on your booty buns. Schellea Fowler is back with this quick glute workout for a round and firm butt.
4. GET A MOOD BOOST WITH YOGA
Develop your spiritual wellness along with your exercise routine in this mood balancing yoga workout. Best for distressing and helps to renew your energy and mood.
5. IMPROVE STRENGTH & FLEXIBILITY WITH PILATES
Duration: 17 mins
No equipment needed for this whole body workout. With the discipline of Pilates, this standing workout is sure to get your heart rate up as well as strengthen your back, arms, hips and legs.
6. GET MOVING WITH FULL BODY CARDIO
Duration: 40 mins
Low impact doesn’t have to mean low energy. This is a fun and upbeat cardio workout that’s sure to get you moving.
7. TONE UP WITH WEIGHTS
Duration: 25 mins
Total body workout friendly for knees (with weights). If you have weights in hand, try this workout that’s designed to develop strength and help weight loss.
8. INCREASE STRENGTH & BALANCE IN 15 MINUTES
Duration: 15 mins
Full Body Workout for Strength and Balance (with weights). From physical therapist and Pilates instructor, Jessica Valant. Fun, safe and effective for beginners to those in more advanced levels.
9. NEWBIE? TRY YOGA FOR BEGINNERS
Duration: 30 mins
Is slow and steady more your pace? Try this workout that is more mindful about your body while developing your strength and flexibility.
10. TIME TO COOL DOWN
Duration: 10 mins
Good for ending a workout or a stand alone routine. It’s a quick and relaxing session that can be done everyday to improve mobility and flexibility.
When doing any of these exercises, remember to always listen to your body. Be kind to yourself and lighten or alter your workout if you experience pain or heavy stress. If needed, consult with a physician or personal trainer before exercising if you are new to it or been inactive for a while. These exercises are just meant to keep you moving to improve your overall health and uplift your mood.
While ageing is a natural thing, that doesn’t mean you should just let it happen. Many complications in ageing are linked to an inactive lifestyle. So to avoid these difficulties, it's good to have a routine that keeps you moving. Find a workout that works for you.
Most important of all, have fun with it. It’s much easier to commit to exercise goals if it's something you enjoy!
Have you tried any of these workouts, and if so what was your experience? Please share in the comments below!