While it’s never too late to get fit, it also may take a bit longer and does come with challenges if you already have health issues. The older you are, the more important it is to check with your health care professional first. The older you are, the more important it is to also get the help of a personal trainer. Trainers can adjust the workout to any special needs you have, such as back or knee problems. They also assess your overall fitness first to insure you’ll have a workout that’s tough, but still safely within your capabilities.
Expect to work harder and longer to build muscle mass.
It’s sad to say, but as you age, you lose muscle mass more quickly and regain it slower. That doesn’t mean you can’t achieve an improved level of fitness, it just means you have to work at it longer to get results you would have achieved more quickly in your 20s. There is good news, however. In many cases, you’ll notice the old aches and pains from back problems will disappear. Studies show that no matter how old you are, increasing your physical activity has positive health results.
Taking it too easy can affect your mood.
One of the best results of exercise is the way it improves your overall mood. The more active you become, the more energized you’ll feel and the better your mood will be. Exercise burns off the hormones of stress. If you want to start on your own, take it slow at first. Go for walks, start taking the stairs and do little things to get you moving more. While it’s not the same as a program of regular exercise from a personal trainer, it’s a start and can get you to the point you’re ready to do more.
You’ll often see more improvement than you might expect.
Sure, I just said it will take longer to see results, but that doesn’t mean you won’t get amazing results, particularly if you’ve lived a sedentary life. Some of the improvement will be discovered by the doctor. Strength training can improve bone density, build muscle mass and help your balance. Cardio or endurance training gives you more energy and helps improve the ability to breathe after activity. Flexibility training prevents injury and increases your range of motion. Balance training helps prevent falls and improves posture. All these will improve the quality of life, even if you never become a competitive athlete.
– When you exercise, pay close attention to what your body tells you. Chest pain, shortness of breath and dizziness are legitimate concerns that should have you calling your health care professional.
– If you’re so out of shape that an hour or half hour workout is too much, break up your workout time to three, four or more 10-minute sessions each day. Slowly build up the amount of time you workout time you spend per session.
– Set goals. Goals are powerful tools to keep you going and give you a reason to celebrate when you reach one.
– Eat healthier and drink more water. Keep a bottle of water next to you at all times and sip it frequently. If you need an excuse, call it your medicine. Switch to a healthier diet of whole foods and fewer processed foods. Those two changes, plus increased activity will have a positive effect on your health.