What Men Want: 50s That Feel Like 40s
September 13, 2018
Some say life starts at 50. Call it bad timing, but studies show physical decline begins around the half century mark, as well.
According to Danielle Wooldrik, DO, CHI Health sports and family medicine physician, 50 can be your new 40. “As we age, our bodies naturally start losing muscle mass and strength.
Flexibility along with lung capacity is also diminished,” Wooldrik said. “But the good news is exercise is proven to slow, even stop, that decline.”
It’s never too late to get fit. There’s evidence to support that, even at age 85, exercise has numerous health benefits.
But before beginning any new fitness regimen, especially if you are not used to regular exercise, it is important to consult a health care professional.
“Your doctor can discuss the impact of health conditions, time and type of exercise,” Wooldrik said. “Once you develop a plan, start out slow and then build momentum. One way to stay on track is to set goals and mark your progress in a journal. If you pick enjoyable activities or a buddy to exercise with, you’ll have more fun and be more likely to stick with it.
“You’ve heard about an apple a day, but it should be ‘moving more and sitting less’ keeps the doctor away,” Wooldrik said. “Regular exercise is sometimes the best medicine.”
In fact, each hour of exercise adds two hours to your life. The perks go on and on – from physical benefits like weight control, healthier muscles, bones and heart to better mood, energy, sleep and confidence.
Start now to head off the natural process of muscle tone disappearing as you age. A well-rounded workout routine includes aerobic exercise, strength training and flexibility and balance routines.
Aerobic exercise includes walking, jogging, swimming, biking, machines, tennis, golf without cart, dancing and aerobics classes. Do 30 minutes a day, five days a week.
Strength training includes free weights, machines, resistance bands or body weight training. Do twice a week, targeting eight to 10 major muscle groups each workout.
Flexibility involves yoga or static or dynamic stretching. Do 10 minutes, two days a week and always stretch after exercise when your body is warmed up. Balance includes Tai Chi and yoga. Incorporate these exercises into your daily life.
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