As women get older our bodies don’t feel the same. What you could once do as a breeze in your 20s can be a difficult task in your 50s. It’s still important to adopt healthy habits and a regular workout routine to ensure you’re keeping your body in tip-top shape. We’ve created a list of ten fitness tips for women in their 50s that can help you kickstart your fitness transformation.
- Join fitness challenges on your FitBit– Track your progress of how many steps you get daily. If you’re just getting back into cardio, walking 10,000 steps a day is a good place to start. Your girlfriends can join in on the fun, too.
- Purchase dumbbells– To practice strength training use 3lb., 5lb., 8lb., or 10lb., dumbbells to tone your arms and when doing Russian twists. When doing arm exercises, complete 3 reps of 12.
- Stretch– Stretching exercises promote flexibility and help to alleviate pains in your back, etc.
- Drink Water– Drinking a glass of water before every meal will help you not to overindulge.
- Add Lemon to Your Water– Lemon water is great for your digestive system. It’ll also help you poop, which will clean you out and make your feel lighter.
- Limit Processed Foods– Cook more meals at home. Not only will this save you money, but your body will appreciate you for it.
- Increase Protein Intake– Many older women aren’t getting enough protein to maintain muscle mass. Incorporate protein powder to your morning smoothies. Other sources of protein include: meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruit, and nuts.
- Sleep More– As adults we think we don’t need to sleep as much as babies and children, but it’s not true. Adults still need 7-9 hours of sleep, so log off Facebook and go to bed!
- Balance Exercises– As women get older, the risk of falling increases. Exercises that help improve or maintain balance can reduce your risk of falls. Some balance exercises include: standing on one foot or using a Bosu ball.
- Practice Mindfulness– While training your body, it’s important to practice self-care, too. Protect your peace at all costs by journaling, being still or reading a daily devotional to help you get through the day.
Finally, fitness for women in their 50s doesn’t have to be a drag. If you stay consistent you’ll see the results. It’s completely fine for your body to look and feel different at 50 than it was at 20. In fact, I would hope there’s some difference. As long as you feel confident and your biometric screenings are healthy numbers you’re living a balanced, fit lifestyle.