Exercise for women over 50 can seem a daunting task if you've not done it regularly before.
I imaginethe idea that to exercise we need to drag our lumps and bumps down to the local sweat-soaked gym and get amoungst the testosterone and muscle is unappealing to most women over 50. I know it is to me.
Most of us understand the benefits of daily exercise but it becomes particularly important as we go into menopause and beyond. I heard it once said that exercise will add years to your life and life to your years. Who wouldn’t want both of those benefits?
As a natural part of ageing, muscles weaken, joints get stiff and bones can become brittle. Regular exercise can build muscle and bone mass, boost cardiovascular health, increase your energy levels and make you feel stronger.
and organs to work at different rates and levels it is important to mix it up and exercise in a variety of ways such as swimming, walking, biking, dancing, yoga and weight training. The goal is to establish a regular and comfortable routine.
If you enjoy doing it you're more likely to make it a habit.
Find a time that fits easily into your schedule and do it at the same time each day. I get up early. I find it sets me up for the day and it’s out of the way with less chance of me avoiding it.
Tip: give yourself a day off. I love this day because I can lounge at home with a cup of tea. And I'm more inclined to get on with it for the rest of the week. Even on that day though, I still walk and make sure to get in my steps for the day.
balance and coordination and helps to keep joints and muscles flexible and should definatel be part of your exercise routine.
It unfortunately doesn't build endurance or contribute significantly to cardiovascular health but will help to open up the lungs letting you breathe deeper. This contributes towards natural detoxification of the body.
Bodyweight resistance exercises will also help to improve flexibility.
and the health benefits include:
Exercise for women over 50 and beyond isn't just about keeping trim and looking good. Sure it helps you keep the weight of but there are so many more health benefits that it really is a nesessity.
Hi, I'm Jane. I'm the author of the janelamason.com blog. Hitting midlife and menopause can be challenging. I write these posts to highlight my own experience for other women to read about and to give tips that might help to make their path into this time of their lives a little smoother.