I used to think that staying in shape was the same at any age. Until recently, I would have laughed at the concept of exercise equipment for older adults. After all, do older adults really have different needs when it comes to exercise equipment? Now, in my mid-60s, I am not laughing anymore!
I didn’t really understand the importance of balance exercises for seniors until I fell on a rainy evening in Paris, about 5 years ago.
By the time we reach our age, we know that we need to get in better shape. We don’t lack knowledge. We lack motivation, discipline and energy. The good news is that getting in shape after 60 doesn’t have to be difficult. As Helen Mirren recently suggested, there are several simple steps that you can take to get in great shape at any age.
Quick show of hands, please: Who hates to go to the gym?
How many of you feel that the body you have now in your 50s or 60s is fixed and that there’s no chance of making a big difference anymore?
So you’ve decided to start running. I’m assuming you’re in good physical condition and injury free. Running is an excellent choice as it is one of the best cardio exercises for burning calories and strengthening the heart. You’re aware that other women over 60 are running and that they all have good things to say about how they’ve improved their physical and mental health.
You’re not too old to do Cardio! What are you talking about?
I don’t understand why people tell me that we are too old to do cardio exercise! It boggles my mind that they think age is an opt-out ticket for quality of life. Does this mean that, at a certain age, we are to give up? Should we throw in the towel? Well not me, and I’m 61. I get so pissed off at these people. Most of them are my age and some are even younger!
Cardio is important for everyone, especially those of us who have been around for more than half a century. Here are 4 good reasons why cardio is essential for fitness after 60:
Since the 1990s, the popularity of Pilates has skyrocketed. Its rise is largely due to its ability to be practiced almost anywhere… and by almost anyone! Visits to the gym could almost be obsolete as many opt to take their exercise routine to the living room, bedroom or even poolside. Here are some reasons Pilates is the answer to most fitness over 60 concerns.
Like many people, I have found out the hard way that getting fit after 50 is tough. This bothers me because I’d really like to lose a few extra pounds. It’s not that I have low self-esteem. I don’t particularly care what other people think about my body. After six decades on this planet, I’m definitely past all of that.
At the same time, there are so many reasons that I want to be in better shape.
A few weeks ago, I asked the women in our community whether they thought getting in shape after 50 was possible. For the most part, they were positive about their prospects for finding fitness after 50. However, as I read through the comments, one response to my question stood out.