There are many reasons why we begin to fall back on our fitness routines as we age. Pain issues, health problems, and poor flexibility can keep us from exercising when we need it most. In fact, one study found that our aerobic capacity declines 3% to 6% per decade after our 20s and 20% after reaching age 70.
The good news is, there are a few ways you can stay active even as you get older without sacrificing your comfort. Consider the following tips to help you modify your fitness regimen as you age and to find workout activities that work for you.
Find workouts that are low-impact
You can still get the cardio workouts you need without worrying about causing pain to your joints. There are many different fitness activities are fun and high-energy while still being easy on the body such as swimming and dance.
Depending on the speed and intensity of the dance, salsa dancing can burn between five to 10 calories per minute. Freestyle swimming for at least an hour can burn between 413 and 931 calories, too. You can get your cardio in without going for a run.
Focus on flexibility
Flexibility is crucial to protecting yourself as you age, whether you’re in your 30s, 40s, 50s, or beyond. Stretching is what keeps your legs from getting stiff just by walking up the stairs and what keeps your back from throwing out when you sleep in a bad position.
Consider taking up pilates or yoga to help you stay flexible after 50. These two fitness routines can help to keep your muscles strong and they’re easy to modify to fit your physical needs. Yoga, like puzzles, also helps to produce dopamine, which can boost your memory and concentration.
What’s more, pilates and yoga can be done wherever you are. This is especially beneficial considering 51% of seniors who receive care live in their own home.
Don’t worry about being the best
Some people feel insecure about their fitness routine as they age because they can’t work out like they used to. It’s important to remember that you’re staying active for you.
Even if you can’t run like you used to or lift heavier weights, you can stay active performing other activities. Don’t focus on being the best at your workout. By participating in it and doing your personal best, you’re still getting the benefits.
Staying active as you get older isn’t just about improving your longevity. It’s also about helping you live a happier, healthier life. Cardio, flexibility, and strength training as you age helps to keep you feeling your best whether you’re 30 or 80.