Older and Fitter? Challenging Yourself As You Age

Our society revolves around staying young and beautiful, but it doesn’t mean you’re already in the grave just because you’re getting older. This is a new period of your life to look forward to as it brings the experience and wisdom youth lacks. So you shouldn’t let your age get you down or stop you from setting new goals and achieving them. This is especially true when it comes to working out. Staying in shape benefits both your image and health, especially as you start to age. Challenge yourself and become stronger with age, not weaker.

1. Make being active a part of your day

The first step to keeping fit is taking every opportunity of the day to be as active as you can. It doesn’t even have to any strict workout regime, just consciously make an effort to keep moving during the day. If it’s nice out, take a long walk in the afternoon. Also try to help with the chores around the house, as this is also a form of staying active.

If you have grandchildren, spend time with them. Take them out to the playground or make up your own games at home. Children have wonderful ways of reminding us that we’re still young and waking up that youthful vigour in us. This can all be enough to keep you healthy and in shape. It also may be more rewarding for some people as you’ll get to spend quality time with your loved ones and feel like you haven’t lost part of yourself to age.

2. Listen to your doctor

Sometimes the only one who can tell you what the best course of action fitness wise is – is your doctor. No matter how eager you might be to get back to working out and challenge your body, you need to take your doctor’s advice seriously. The exercise can end up doing more harm than good depending on the state of your body.

Whether you’re a smoker, how healthy you are currently, and if you’ve been active before can all be deciding factors. Don’t be afraid to ask for advice and recommendations. You might not get to work out the way you planned, but any exercise is better than no exercise. Your doctor is bound to have good alternatives which will keep you safe, healthy, and fit.

3. Don’t give up on cardio

Just because you’re aging, it doesn’t mean you have to forget about cardio entirely. There are still some low-intensity variations you can try. For example, nothing’s stopping you from going for a jog around the neighbourhood every morning. You can even try race walking, as it might be milder than jogging but has the same benefits.

Whatever you decide, cardio will help your heart stay strong and pumping while not letting your muscles succumb to aging. You’ll feel more energetic and happier, while only investing a small amount of time and effort in your new routine.

4. Try something new

Cycling is a tried and tested physical activity which has many benefits. With the low intensity, time manageability, and overall comfortable and stress-free nature, it’s deemed one of the best ways of staying active regardless of age. Now, though, it has a new kick to it.

Modern, sturdy, and easy-to-use electric bikes are all the rage right now. They help you stay active all the time, and are fairly practical. You can easily use them as a form of transport. The best part is that you won’t get tired and overwork yourself. These bikes let you set the pace and support you through any obstacle.

5. Bend your mind and body

Another form of exercise you can try is Yoga. It’s known for its benefits for the mind and body alike. Yoga has the power to set your mind free, de-stress you, and dispose of all of the tension in your muscles. What’s more, it keeps you fit and active, while also not demanding too much effort.

That being said, you can customize the level of intensity according to your skills. Start with the simplest exercises then build up to more the demanding ones. This way, you won’t get bored with Yoga and you’ll always have room to progress and challenge yourself.

Conclusion

As you can see, aging isn’t the end of the world or your life. You can still set out to do great things and be a stronger and better version of yourself. Fitness should be a challenge you look forward to tackling, not something that scares you. There are plenty of things you can do to stay fit regardless of how old you are, so don’t turn in the towel before the fight’s even started. Remember, staying active guarantees you stay healthy, too, and that should be your main goal.

 

Article written by:

Mianna Korben, lifestyle blogger

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