There are few things that are certain in our lives, (and we all know the adage death and taxes) but getting older is one of the things we can all count on. As time passes, our bodies begin to show the effects of a life well lived.
We are sore in places, a bit softer here and there; and we need to make adjustments to ensure that we are still getting the most out of our lives. When it comes to fitness, it’s so important that we are staying active and keeping fit, because it sets us up for being active for longer (which is a huge part of heart health).
We believe in taking a very proactive approach towards your health and have come up with a list of ways that your workout needs to grow and change with you. After all, just because you’re getting older is no reason to step away from the gym equipment. You just need to mix things up a bit.
How Your Workout Regimen Should Grow With You
One of the biggest bugbears with getting older is that our muscles and tendons get stiffer and tighter, and it becomes harder to do basic tasks. Plus, our risk of injury seems to grow with every passing day. Tendonitis is a particular ailment, and stiff tissue can be compared to a dried up old rubber band. A way around this is to make sure that you are stretching and working on your flexibility every single day.
Whether you are doing yoga as a means to keep your flexibility up, or if you have decided to go down the tai chi route, you need to be doing something. Even something as basic as stretching can be what you need to do, and while it’s so easy to ignore your flexibility we warn you: do so at your own peril!
Use It Or Lose It
Another element of your workout that needs to change is your workout structure.
You need to look at what you’re working out and how you can workout your whole body in one way or another. If you’re a runner or a cyclist you might find that your legs are great, but your arms are lacking a bit in strength.
It’s important that you get a whole body workout as a way to keep everything functioning properly, so maybe think about incorporating swimming into your routine. It doesn’t take much to maintain your muscles, however, it is an important part of maintaining the fruits of your hard work and dedication.
Keep Things Interesting
One rut that many people fall into when attempting to maintain their fitness is repetition, which can quickly become tedious, especially for those that don’t particularly enjoy the act of exercising. Switching up your regimen with different activities, exercises and warm-ups not only allows you to work out different parts of your body; it keeps things interesting and fun.
Go for walks with your family or pets, join a sports team, take up a fitness class; there are always exercise options that stretch beyond the standard gym setup. The main thing is finding supplementary exercises that work both for your lifestyle and what you’re hoping to achieve.
It’s not always easy to find time for regular gym visitations, but there is always a park, track, side-street or walkway available if you’re gearing up for a light jog.
Lay Off The Weights
As you get older you need to shift from weights into something weight bearing as a way to build your muscles. Think about the way in which you actually use your muscles, and then build up what is called functional strength.
Think about it. In real life, you use your quads for things like going up the stairs, carrying groceries and mowing the lawn. So, if you want to build up your strength, do step ups with a weight in each hand. Simple! You don’t need to use the leg press machine, you need to be doing things like lunges and squats.
Balance It Out
When we say balance we mean, actually get on one leg like a stork.
As you get older your balance gets harder, and that’s why it’s important that you stick with balance as part of your regular routine. So many people are hospitalised because of falling over, and if you are working on your balance you’ll find that it’s not so hard to stay on your feet.
Give Yourself Recuperation Time
One of the most important things to consider when updating your workout regimen is how much time your body needs to rest up before getting back on that cardio machine. This can be a difficult thing to consider for many people, as it involves facing the fact that your body isn’t quite as capable of repairing itself as it once was.
With that said, allowing yourself the optimum amount of healing time is the best way to avoid unnecessary injuries, which will only slow down your fitness journey in the long run.
Over to You
We are firm believers in putting in 100% with your exercise routine, and also in exercising to meet the needs of your body. Listen to your body, and adjust accordingly with your age and ability; and you’ll be fine.
Can you think of any other exercise adjustments that you have to make as you get older? Share your suggestions with us in the comments section below.