Sometimes you’ll hear people say they’re too old to work out or start a new hobby, etc. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Its never too late to start something new, especially exercise. For the number of benefits you reap, there shouldn’t be any excuse strong enough to avoid it. Below I’ll list just a few of the positive effects from exercising if you’re 50 years of age or older:

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  • improved energy
  • better sleep
  • improved walking gait (less shuffling, quicker pace)
  • faster reaction time (ie. better chance of catching your fall and preventing injury, i.e. breaking a hip, etc)
  • more strength to carry day-to-day functions / more independence
  • reduces chance of osteoporosis (or can lessen the severity for those who have it) since weight training builds bone density
  • can help control the effects from diabetes
  • can lessen high blood pressure
  • weight loss
  • improved self confidence and general outlook on life
  • can lessen arthritic pain, by strengthening the surrounding muscles, tendons, and ligaments, and easing pressure on the affected joint(s)

A few things to consider before getting started:

See your doctor for a check up to make sure everything is in the clear and exercise is recommended. If, for instance you have high blood pressure, exercise selection would vary and exertion should be controlled, especially in the beginning of an exercise program. Hire someone qualified to help you with your goals. Its easy to go on a machine and follow the diagram, but it doesn’t give you the information to teach you the proper hand/arm/leg position, breathing pattern, where to flex (if you should flex), tempo of movement, etc.

Hope this motivates you to get started if you haven’t yet and for those of you who do work out, it’s okay to push hard. Just because you’re older doesn’t mean you shouldn’t challenge yourself – train hard, lift smart, and eat well!

jacklalanne

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