So here's a thought... you are the oldest you have ever been right now (eek!) and guess what? Tomorrow ... today's thought of the day will be "younger."
Follow that? Anyway, whatever your age - you cannot stop the clock or some of the normal aging processes.
However, science shows us that the most effective way to minimize the aging process is to eat right and exercise.
Since I am now in a new decade (60!) myself, let's get into appropriate exercises for your 50's and beyond:
1. Regular exercise is critical to claim and maintain good health. PERIOD. You really can no longer rely on your "good genes", "college sports regime" (how long ago was THAT anyway?) or your perception that nothing is changing in regards to your health. Your medical tests indicate changes, don't they? These changes may be driven by your choices- choose to be healthy, starting today.
2. Varying your exercise is important to keep ALL your muscle groups working optimally. Sure, you need to do aerobic, strength and stretching exercises, but make sure they cover all your muscles, not just your abs or legs. Make sure to make a few of those daily exercises high intensity, because higher intensity activity elevates BDNF, the neurotransmitter that acts like Micracle Grow for your brain.
3. Learn new physical activities or sports. Pickle ball is making a splash, but so can aqua Zumba; try all sorts of new things out - it challenges your body AND your mind. You want new pathways in that brain to develop so your mental faculties stay sharp, too!
If this exercise "thing" is new to you, not to worry! Give me a call and I bet we can find some ideas that can work for you , no matter if you have never done a burpee, crunch or lunge! 203.877.5270.