Staying Strong After 50

Staying Strong After 50

At some point, we all reach that age where we start to feel our youth slip through our hands. It’s a terrible feeling knowing that one day we will grow old, and possibly lose the ability to do certain things. However it doesn’t mean that we have to feel sad about it. Getting old is part of life. No one can stop it, but at least we can take certain steps to look and feel the best at our age.

Staying Active

The real key to staying strong is to stay active. While watching television, and relaxing all day is a great thing, there can be a danger to this when done excessively. The reason why we get debilitated or bed ridden is because we become inactive. We allow our body to age, and wither away. However, an active body slows that process down. Our bodies are allowed to regenerate themselves after every physical workout, and maintain their current state. We stay idle, and ready for the next physical task.

Just because you get old does not mean that you have to put a stop to things that require hard work. Of course you are going to have to make some realistic adjustments too. For example, you may not be able to lift as much as you could, but can definitely still lift.

Here are some things you can do to stay active and strong:

Weight Training

Great for building muscle and strengthening bones which is especially important when you are old.

Join a Martial arts Club

You don’t have to fight, but martial arts is a great mix of cardio and strength training. It’s also a great way to relieve, and vent stress which contributes to rapid aging.

Walk

Maybe you can’t run as fast as you used to, and so what? Walking is a great alternative. It’s less damaging to the knees, and a good way to burn calories. The sky’s the limit. Go hiking and give yourself a challenge, or take the scenic route and enjoy the view.

Being Mentally Strong

It goes without saying that everything is harder when you are older. Most of the time you probably feel too lazy or less energetic to do anything. Then of course you deal with muscle sourness from exercise, and what not. Set realistic goals for yourself and gradually move up the ladder. When you set goals, you are less likely to quit knowing that failure is now involved, and many of us don’t like to fail.

This is where the real challenge is. Being strong is more of a mental game than anything else. If you can overcome this grueling obstacle you are set on achieving anything regardless of age.

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