Make exercise a priority in mid-life
Everyone should find a workout or active hobby they enjoy to reap the benefits of exercise. This is especially true for people over 50 who might not be moving as much as they have in the past. Don’t let the following myths prevent you from staying active and healthy.
Myth: I haven’t exercised my whole life – it’s too late to start
The one thing to remember is that you’re never too old to start exercising. “There is no expiration date on our body’s ability to benefit from physical activity,” says personal trainer and specialist in geriatric physiotherapy, Alice Bell. “Studies show that individuals who adopt an active lifestyle at any age can demonstrate improvements in strength, endurance, balance, and cognitive performance.”
Myth: I shouldn’t run anymore
A sedentary person shouldn’t attempt a marathon overnight – or even a 5K. But regular runners don’t have to stop just because they’re getting older. Running is fantastic for cardiovascular health and mental clarity. “People say that running is too hard on your joints and should be avoided, particularly as you age, however, there are many people who run well into their older age and continue to see benefit without issues,” says physiotherapist, Chad McCann. “While the choice to run should be individual, there is little indication that running leads to arthritis or joint damage. Some people can continue to run successfully as they age, although their distances and intensity may change to promote health.” Wearing the right shoes is key to preventing injury.