Getting Fit and Healthy In Older Age

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As we get older we know that it’s more important than ever to keep fit regularly. Staying fit and healthy is not only good to keep you lean, it’s also a great way to keep your heart healthy and is a major help in fighting depression and other mental health issues.

But we all know that life can get very busy and weeks or even months can go by since you’ve last gotten some exercise and got your heart-rate pumping. Maybe between chasing promotions or even starting a family, it’s been years since you last did any sort of exercise and you are stressed and overwhelmed with the prospect at starting your exercise journey again. There could be questions of how you can start your new fitness regime and get moving in a safe, fun and most importantly sustainable way.

The amazing thing about sports and exercise is that there is really something for everyone to take part in. No matter your age, weight, gender or fitness level there’s guaranteed to be something that will be possible for you and that you’ll enjoy. As we all know, it’s never too late to start improving your life and more importantly your health.

Here’s how to get yourself feeling fit, youthful and healthy inside and out.

How To Get Started

One of the easiest, simple and cheap ways to get back into cardiovascular activity is by taking a walk. Try to aim to go faster than your regular strolling speed and to get your heart rate slightly elevated. Aim for a speed where you are breathing more quickly and your heart rate rises to a moderate intensity. Try starting by taking a brisk walk everyday for about between fifteen and twenty minutes. When you get more comfortable with your speed, consider increasing your walk by a few minutes each day to make sure you keep challenging your body and don’t get complacent. When you feel ready to you may feel ready to take a slow jog or even a leisurely bike ride instead.

If you’re looking for a bit more of a challenge, you may want to pay a visit to your local gym. Most gyms have a huge array of fitness and sports classes available so you’re guaranteed to find something that takes your fancy. Want a little bit more support to build a workout routine? Well, many gyms offer personal training and guided workout sessions to help you get familiar with the machinery and help you with a plan to assist you with reaching your fitness goals.

Be Aware and Be Safe

Before embarking on any new fitness routine it’s recommended that you consult your GP or physician first. In most cases, unless you have a serious medical condition- your doctor should give you a clean bill of health. But it’s always better to err on the side of caution, especially if you stopped exercising for a particular reason or experienced some kind of pain or discomfort when you used to exercise.

Setting Your Goals

It’s a great idea to have some goals and milestones that you would like to reach when starting out with your new fitness routine. Consider investing in a health accessory like a Fitbit, to monitor your weight loss and your progress.

If you’re looking to get fit, tone up or lose weight, cardio is a great place to start. It gets your heart rate up and revs up your metabolism. Low impact exercises such as swimming and yoga are great for a large calorie burn. Alternatively if group sports are more your thing, then consider joining your local football or rugby team. Competitive spirit can really help you to work even harder and have fun while doing it.  Custom rugby kit designs are a fun way to make sure you all feel a part of the team.

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