Most people slow down as they age, but it doesn’t have to be that way. In fact, if you choose to get and stay active, you could enjoy a healthy and independent lifestyle well past the age of 90. But, your exercise will change as you get older in order to accommodate your changing tastes and changing needs. Here’s a look at what you should be doing to stay active into retirement and beyond.
1 Opt for Low-Impact:
While the youth might be able to get away with running and other high-impact activities, most won’t be able to put up with it for long. In fact, even young adults who engage in such activities generally face overuse injuries and even early onset joint pain. That’s why it’s best to stay away from high-impact activities as much as possible.
But, that doesn’t have to mean boring or even low-intensity. Bicycling, swimming, and even just walking through the park could all be great low-impact activities for you to adopt as you get older. The trick is to find something that you really enjoy doing. That might mean golfing or it could be something less common like disc golf, surfing, or even water aerobics. By finding something that you enjoy, you’ll be more likely to stick with it for the long-term and it will never feel like a chore.
2 Decide What Feels Right:
You shouldn’t leave an activity feeling winded or like your heart is pounding out of your chest. As we age, our safe peak heart rate goes down slightly. Be kind to your heart and always ask your doctor if you have questions. With that said, you can actually bring down your resting heart rate (which is linked to longevity) through steady state cardio.
Whatever you’re doing, always stop and take a break if you feel tired. If this happens repeatedly, consider retiring the activity and finding something with a bit less intensity to it.
3 Know Your Limits:
You should always strive to get at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day. But, you can get far more than that. It’s all up to you and your limits. Everyone will have different capabilities and preferences and you need to recognize them as you get older. Don’t push yourself too hard and you will be able to realize awesome benefits from your active lifestyle.