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Answer to your Health Question


How to work out in my 50s?



Dear Bill,

You should have a plan, and you should adhere to it.

Flexibility, strength and aerobics are the basics

Consistent training lets you retain your performance. Muscular strength peaks around 30 but is relatively well maintained for decades to come.

Longevity depends on protecting your body by strength and cross-training.

Your sense of balance fades with age. Take a Tai Chi or yoga class, or practice closing your eyes and standing on one foot for 30 seconds.

These activities can also strengthen your trunk muscles and prevent back pain. Keep the spring in your step by doing plyometrics (a type of exercise training designed to produce fast, powerful movements, and improve the functions of the nervous system and mobility in your joints)

If you are in your mid 50s, and you are an avid exerciser sometimes you will have to modify exercises due to potential arthritis in your knees.

Take care of your knees and back.

Your body does change in your 50s and in order to keep fit it is important to exercise and make modifications when necessary to avoid injuries

Make Chest Presses for chest, abs, lower back, butt and hamstrings.

Make One-Legged Wall Squats for quads, butt, hamstrings and abs.

Make Four-Way Extensions for shoulders, back, butt and hamstrings and make Abs Cross-Crawl for abs

Try to prevent injuring yourself when starting a new exercise routine.

Think low impact cardio, strength training with weights or tubes, and core and flexibility training with pilates and yoga.

A well balance exercise routine includes a little of everything - resistance training for your muscles, cardio for your heart, and flexibility.

The most important area to work on in your fitness as you age is your balance.

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