Exercise And Fitness For Men Over 50

By Ralph Goldsmith

When you were a young man, say in your twenties, you could probably eat, and drink, as much as you wanted. It didn’t really matter if you were eating and drinking the wrong things, you would be able to get away with it. If you’re now over 50 then you probably now that’s not the case anymore. If you want to live a long and active life you need to think about exercise and diet

Putting it simply, getting some good exercise is one of the key factors in prolonging your life, along with the right diet of course.

In fact, not only will getting the right exercise in your 50′s help you live longer, but it can actually help you to look younger, and feel younger as well.

And the thing is, it’s not too late to get started. It doesn’t matter if you haven’t done any kind of exercise for the better part of the last 50 years. It’s not too late to get started.

The question is, what’s the best exercise to suit you.

Well that all depends on where you’re starting from and what you want to achieve.

And anything is better than nothing.

You don’t have to spend hours down the gym or health club every week (unless you want to of course). In fact making a few simple lifestyle changes can make a huge difference to your fitness level.

Walk to get the daily paper instead of using the car.

Use the stairs instead of the elevator.

Do you pay someone to cut your lawn? How about cutting it yourself?.

Go for a walk on Sunday instead of crashing in front of the TV.

All of these things could help you to improve your cardiovascular fitness, lose weight, look better, feel better, and live longer.

But it doesn’t have to stop there.

What about cycling to work a couple of days a week instead of taking the car?

How about going swimming a couple of times a week? (in my opinion swimming is a fantastic exercise method. There is no impact to worry about so your joints are safe, and your body is supported so there is unlikely to be any strain on your back or other muscles).

Why not play a game of tennis every weekend?

Could you start running on a regular basis? (a quick note on this one. Make sure you get some good running shoes. Running puts a lot of impact strain on various joints and good running shoes will help to cushion those impacts properly)

Of course you could join a gym or health club and use some of their kit.

Treadmills offer you the chance to run without having to brave the elements

Exercise bikes, well sort of like treadmills really, all of the exercise but without getting cold, wet, or run over by the truck that didn’t see you.

Cross trainers, one of my favorites as it is low impact and works out a lot of different parts of the body at the same time.

Rowing machines, which I definitely rate as one of the more advanced forms of exercise but they can give you a really powerful workout.

Not to mention steppers and stair masters.

Of course you may want to do more than increase cardiovascular fitness and / or lose weight.

Maybe you want to build up muscle.

The two main choices for this are free weights and resistance machines.

It is often a good idea to start out with the machines, this is even more important if you’re new to training with weights.The reason for this is that the machines will enforce the right ‘form’. They will ensure that you target the muscle groups you want rather than you getting it wrong and putting your back out.

Having said that, once you have the experience there’s nothing like free weights for really big results.

At any age it is important to make sure that you are healthy enough to start a planned exercise routine. As you get older that’s even more important. If you have any doubts about your health, or if you’re planning to start intensive exercising then it is critical that you get checked out first by a doctor. Actually it’s highly advisable for whatever you’re planning on.

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Exercise And Fitness For Men Over 50