Can you start working out at 60? If you’re like most people, the answer is a resounding no. But what if we told you that some seniors are actually getting in shape? And what if we showed you how they did it?
We know—you’re still not convinced. But when it comes to fitness, there are no rules. You can do whatever it takes to get in shape and stay that way for as long as possible.
So if you’re still on the fence about starting a workout routine at 60, take a look at these stories from seniors who started working out later in life and found success.
It’s not too late to start hitting the gym if you’re in your 60s, but it might be a little harder than if you’d started earlier. You’ll need to make sure that you’re taking care of yourself and doing things right so that you don’t hurt yourself or get injured. Here are five things you should know (as told to us by seniors) if you’re starting a workout routine at this age:
If you’ve never worked out before, start slow and build up from there. If you’ve been active in the past and then took time off—say, after having kids—start with what feels comfortable for your body now, and then increase as time goes on.
Don’t wait until after the workout to drink water; drink it during your workout so that your body stays hydrated throughout the process!How much water does your body need daily? At least 3 liters is ideal and more if you’re doing an intensive workout and water loss is higher.
Wear supportive shoes
Wearing new shoes can be uncomfortable at first, but they will get better as they break in over time. Don’t wear shoes that are too tight, as this could lead to injury later on down the line when they become too loose-fitting for your foot type.
Try yoga or pilates
Both of these types of exercise use controlled breathing techniques that will help you relax and focus on your body movements. These exercises also focus on stretching muscles in slow motion—which is great for people with arthritis or other joint problems.
Take up swimming
Swimming is one of the best all-around fitness activities for seniors because it works out both arms and legs equally (unlike biking or running). Plus, water supports weight without stressing joints as much as land-based activities do!
Here are five reasons why older people should still hit the gym:
1) You’ll feel better about yourself
2) You’ll be able to do more things with your kids and grandkids
3) Your joints will thank you later
4) Your body will be more flexible than ever before (if you stick with it!)
5) You’ll have more energy throughout the day
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