You know that exercising is good for you, especially as you age. Making it part of your regular routine, though, is a whole other ball game.
The key is starting with motivation. Find ways that naturally motivate you to stay active, and it will become part of your routine. Do not sprint out of the gate. Do not set unrealistic goals. Do read the rest of this article to get motivated FIRST.
Tips to Motivating Yourself to Exercise
Here are a few practical ways to get motivated to get active:
Define Your ‘Why’: Shift the traditional “I want to lose XX pounds” to a purpose that is personal or makes an emotional connection, such as ‘I want to wake up feeling more positive and motivated each day’ or ‘I don’t want the fear of heart failure to control my life anymore.’”
Schedule It: If you’re a planner or your career revolved around a day planner, use it to motivate you. Scheduling exercise makes it feel like part of your day and helps reduce excuses.
Do What You Love: Take something you love to do (or used to do) and transition it to fit your lifestyle today. Were you a track star back in high school? Transition that feeling of a start and finish line into power walking from a designated point A to B. Do you have a favorite television show? Ride the elliptical bike while you watch it. Have a love for flowers? Buy some pots, get outside, and start planting.
Join a Challenge or Cause: Sign up for an active fundraiser, such as a cancer walk-a-thon.
Find a Workout Buddy: It’s always more fun to work out with a friend or friends! They can help you stay accountable and motivate you.
Add Variety: Are you an adventure seeker? If so, then don’t do the same exercise routine all the time. Mix it up! Take a new class. Try something you’ve never done before.
Staying Fit After 50
No one expects you to exercise like you did when you were 30. In fact, it’s probably not safe. As you age, your muscles and tendons naturally get tighter. Your joints have more years of wear and tear.
It’s important to listen to your body and know your limits. If you're taking any medications or have a chronic condition, be sure to consult your doctor before starting any new exercise program.
Here are some safe exercises to begin with:
Just Move More: Start simple and move more doing your everyday activities. Climb the stairs instead of taking the elevator, walk the dog, or take up a hobby, such as gardening or dancing, that requires you to be active.
Take a Walk: It’s convenient, enjoyable, and easy to do. When the weather is nice, head outside! The sun will lift your spirits. On cold or dreary days, walk on a treadmill while you listen to music, watch a favorite show, or walk and talk with a friend.
Machines: Stationary bikes and elliptical machines provide low-impact exercise that is gentle on the joints while getting your heart rate up.
Strength Train: Muscle tone and bone density naturally decrease with aging. Lifting weights, taking a strength training class, or using resistance bands are great ways to strengthen muscles and bones, which in return helps reduce the risk of falls and injuries.
Swim: If you have access to a pool, swim alone or join a group class to get exercise that is both low impact and full body.
Bonus Tip: Get Quality Sleep
Lack of sleep impacts many things from memory and emotions to activity levels during the day.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, most sleep problems are a result of snoring, medication side effects, or an underlying medical condition, such as acid reflux. Start getting a better night’s sleep by uncovering the root of the problem and addressing the issue with your doctor.
End the day in a calming space, practicing relaxation methods so you wake up refreshed and ready to go!
An Active Lifestyle at Kendal at Granville
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