Aging is inevitable. No matter how hard you try to stop fine lines and wrinkles from appearing, they will appear sooner or later. Should you resign to the fact that your body will deteriorate as you age? Definitely not! Even when you’ve reached the Golden Age of 50, you can still look and feel your best. As a matter of fact, nowadays, those who are in their 50’s actually feel at their prime especially now that there are lots of options for them to use that can aid them in their goal of staying physically and mentally fit.
Although entering your 50’s may mean more noticeable signs of wear and tear in your body particularly around your joints and in your muscles as they tend to weaken over time, you can still go around these obstacles and still achieve that perfectly fit body even at your age. Do you want to know how?
Here are some of the best kept secrets to staying fit even when you are 50.
1. Increase potassium intake. Potassium is needed in order to preserve muscles. This is important since at your age, you are bound to lose at least 10 pounds of muscles because of reduced growth hormones and testosterone. Increasing your intake of potassium can help keep your muscles at their best. Make sure that you add lima beans, sweet potatoes, as well as spinach to your diet as they contain about 1,000 milligrams per cup.
2. Start slow. As much as you would like to work out immediately to get the desired results as quickly as possible, you need to take it slow especially if you’ve been idle for several years. You need to lay the foundation first by building your strength, balance, and flexibility before moving on the more serious exercises.
3. Ask the experts. At your age, getting assistance from a trained physical fitness guru can do wonders because they’ll be able to guide your body to the proper postures for each exercise to minimize aches and pains while maximizing the benefits of working out. A professional trainer can even help customize your workout based on your current physical state and your goals.
4. Consume more protein. You should consume a gram of protein for every pound of your target weight. For example, if you want to reach 180 pounds then you need to eat 180 grams of protein. You should eat about a quarter of this before and after your workout. You can opt for protein powder where two scoops can deliver about 45 grams of protein or eat chicken breast which delivers the same amount of protein.
5. Low-impact workouts. At your age, you should take into consideration your current physical condition. If your joints tend to hurt or you are more prone to experiencing sudden pains and aches then opt for low-impact exercises such as the elliptical or swimming. You should also learn to stop once you feel pain to avoid making it worse.
6. Go beyond cardio. Cardiovascular workouts aren’t limited to hitting the pavement. Pilates and yoga can work just as well. The beauty of yoga and Pilates is that, aside from strengthening your muscles, they also help in making you more flexible. You’ll feel more relaxed afterwards too because of the breathing and meditation exercises incorporated into these workouts.
7. Have a workout buddy. Working out on your own can be boring at times and without proper motivation, will make you go back to your sedentary life. The best way you can push yourself is to have someone to workout with you. It may be your spouse, your friend, or even your colleague. This way, not only will you have company, but you’ll both benefit from the physical activity.
8. Consult your doctors. This is one of the most important things you should be doing as you get on in years. If you want to be at your best when you reach 50, you should make time to consult your doctor. This way, you’ll both have a better understanding on what possible dangers you are facing at your age and what solutions you can do to address these problems.
As you can see, staying fit at 50 is possible. All it takes is dedication on your part and the will to reach your goals. Don’t let your age be an obstacle. Be at your best by staying active!