As we get older, exercise becomes increasingly important for maintaining vitality, good health and a positive outlook on life. There’s a simple maxim here: use it or lose it. Engaging in regular physical activity is a great way of slowing the decline of both your body and your mind. There is absolutely no reason that you can’t stay fit into your sixties, seventies, eighties and beyond! Here are six simple exercise tips to help you stay active whatever your fitness level into your sixties and far beyond!
- Before starting any exercise routine, it’s worth consulting a healthcare professional or fitness consultant that you trust – and let them know if you have any underlying health conditions. They can assess your state of health, guide you on the right exercises for you and learn about your specific interests and concerns.
- Cardiovascular exercises that get your heart rate up and improve circulation are really important as we grow older. Walking, swimming, cycling, or elliptical machines and membership-based options like the Peloton machines available at Karma Resorts are all low-impact options that can boost cardiovascular health without putting excessive strain on your joints.
- Incorporate strength training exercises to maintain muscle mass, improve bone density, and enhance overall strength. You can use resistance bands, dumbbells or kettlebells, but bodyweight exercises like squats, lunges, and push-ups and systems like callisthenics are also excellent options. Start with lighter weights or modified push-ups, squats etc. then gradually increase the intensity as you progress.
- As we age, balance and flexibility become increasingly important to prevent falls and maintain mobility. Practice exercises that focus on improving balance, such as standing on one leg or yoga poses like tree pose. Stretch regularly to enhance flexibility and maintain joint mobility – especially around key areas like the hips.
- Be mindful of your body’s needs and adapt exercises as necessary. Modify movements, decrease the intensity, or use assistive devices if required. Listen to your body and choose exercises that are comfortable and safe for you.
- Consistency is key when it comes to exercise. Aim for at least 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic activity ideally spread quite evenly across your week, and then incorporate strength training exercises twice a week. Break it down into manageable sessions and find a routine that works for you.
It’s been widely proven that regular physical exercise can improve mental health and your sense of overall well-being. By setting realistic goals, staying motivated and finding activities that you enjoy, we can all prove to ourselves that age really is just a number 🙂