I agree that most people lack exercise and some realize it later in life. What is the best and most effective exercise for people in their fifties and above?
I think walking is good. I also think Tai Chi Chuan is probably THE best exercise in the world for older people. Almost all the elderly in China practice Tai Chi daily, and they are among the healthiest elder population in the world.
Hi Sophia, The problem in giving out a general response to your question, doesn't take into account what you are as a person. By that I mean your current fitness levels, what you want to achieve and your lifestyle.
What works for one doesn't work for others. For instance, I am 51 and I am a Personal Trainer, so the the previous answer to your question, saying that it is a good idea to take up walking and Tai Chi Chuan, which both are very good exercises, aren't intnense enough for me. Also it is like saying, as soon as you get to fifty, you have to take up low intensity exercises, nothing could be further from the truth!
So Sopiha, if you would like a more detailed response to your question, just get back to me and we can take it from there.
Steve. UK Personal Trainer
I don't believe in "one size fits all" approach to fitness. Definately get permission from your primary care physician before taking your exercising to new levels.
I am 64 and exercise at my ladies-only fitness center 3 to 4 days a week. I use weight resistance machines because of osteopenia and take Yoga and Pilates classes because I like them best. Go shopping for a good gym with certified personal trainers. Talk to their head trainers to see what their phylosophy and goals would be for you. If these seem in line with what you think you can accomplish over a year or two, go for it. After 7 years of regular fitness center visits, people think I am in my low 50's and I LOVE IT. I am fit enough now to volunteer one or two days a week with Habitat for Humanity helping build houses.
I have to agree that it depends on your current fitness level and what you want to do. Some people like to go to a gym or club. I have one client in her 70's for instance that has gone from using a walker to water aerobics. Others want to do their exercise within the confines of their home with a small purchase of some bands and a ball.
Elderly at 50 makes me laugh these days. I agree that Tai Chi and perhaps Yoga are good and gentle exercises but they may not be the most effective for you or your desired results. What ever your choices are it is always best to check with your doctor for hopefully an honest opinion as to where you are physically now and then decide.
At 55 I run, weight train and other forms of exercise to keep you fitness level growing and my body guessing. I feel more fit now than I did at 30 because I made the commitment to myself and changed my lifestyle. There is tons of information on the internet to help you pick a particular workout or routine. Gym memberships are affordable and provide a means to change up your routine and meet your limitations as far as impact on your body.
You can also aqua aerobic exercises . It offers get benefits to everyone. Give it a shot. Good Luck!
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