Just because you’ve turned 50 doesn’t mean you’re ready to give up on life and stop enjoying it to the fullest, does it? The fact is that more and more people in this age continues to stay physically active and doesn’t suddenly adopt a new lifestyle simply because the society tells them they aren’t young anymore. If you too want to stay active, here are a few ways to work out like a pro in your 50s.
Pay Attention to Technique
Staying safe and uninjured is essential for everyone who’s trying to become more physically active, and that’s especially true for those over 50. Our bodies weaken with age, so we’re more prone to injuries and require more time to heal. That’s why you need to take care of your muscle health, but also pay more attention to proper technique. When you’re in the gym, do everything slowly and patiently, and be sure to consult a personal trainer, at least in the beginning.
Find Appropriate Exercises
The biggest problem people in their 50s experience is trying to stay as active as they were ten years ago – you need to face the fact that you’re older and have to find more age-appropriate activities. Try walking, jogging, biking, swimming, doing yoga and other activities that you haven’t done before. You can still build your muscles this way, but only with a proper training plan.
Get some Help
Joining a gym can be a stressful experience, particularly for a 50-year-old, and you might not always know what to do. That’s why you should ask a personal coach for some help, but also investigate gym accessories that could make your job much easier. Lots of people love using supportive gym wrist straps, for example, because they not only help you hold your weights and bars more firmly, but also make you feel safer.
Start Eating Differently
Stuffing yourself with junk food and soda drinks was quite all right when you were twenty, but not anymore, and you must adopt a new eating regime. Improving your diet is easier than most people think, and all you need to do is reduce the size of your meals and focus on eating lots of proteins, carbs, fruits and vegetables. This diet will help you work out better in your 50s and make a major difference in your shape, accentuating the effects of your workouts.
Rely on a Friend
Exercising with a friend is one of the best ideas out there and it can help you reach better results regardless of your age. Your sparring partner will motivate you, push your harder, make you explore your boundaries, help you feel safer, provide a positive reinforcement, elevate your competitive spirit and, in the end, turn your workouts into something fun, exciting and enjoyable.
Regular workouts and a vigorous diet will make you feel much better, but also improve your image and posture – your body will look several years younger in a matter of months! Unfortunately, you can’t turn back the time and be forty again, but you can slow down the aging process and reverse some of its effects. In the end, just because you’ve aged doesn’t mean you can’t get better-looking – on the contrary, this is quite possible for most men, as long as they have a sustainable plan.
Great looks and shape aren’t reserved for young people only and getting into certain age doesn’t mean you should stop working out. There are lots of age-appropriate exercises and activities you could get into, so find the ones that make you the happiest and enjoy them as often as you can.
Peter is a men's grooming and health writer at The Beard Mag & High Style Life magazines, living between UK and Australia. Beside writing he worked as a grooming consultant for many fashion events around UK & Australia too! Follow Peter on Twitter for more men’s grooming tips.