Middle aged adults or people in the 40-65 age group face particular challenges because of the changes felt by the body which cannot be ignored. Whether we choose to or not, the body slows down and manifests signs of aging. While we cannot prevent aging, we can in fact age gracefully with a sensible fitness program observed during these critical years before old age.
I do not claim to be a fitness expert but here are some tips that really worked for me from the time I stepped into middle age.
Eat Sensibly Healthy
I know, I know, eating healthy is one of the most rehashed advice to keeping fit not only during middle age but at any age but please take note of the added word “sensibly”. Responsible middle aged adults should know better than to adapt a diet that simply wouldn’t work. Why on earth will you choose one that punishes you or something that is beyond your budget? You are just dooming yourself to fail. Find an option that suits your lifestyle and make it work. There are many alternatives to suggested healthy food so do your research.
Proactively Avoid Medical Complications
It is very rare nowadays for a person to reach middle age without any health issues. Even those who think they don’t have any cannot be so sure. It would be wise to have annual medical check-ups just to be on the side of caution. Consulting the doctor for any fitness program is necessary for middle aged adults. This is especially so if it has been a while since you last exercised or if you have been diagnosed for any medical condition. The last thing you want in embarking in any fitness program is to find out that you triggered a medical condition or made an existing one worse with the wrong choice.
Choose a Suitable Fitness Program for Middle Aged Adults
It would help to consult a professional fitness trainer for a suitable program which you can follow through on your own. Resolve to see it as an opportunity to take better care of yourself rather than a punishment. Do not attempt to take on too much at one time lest you end up with an injury. A fitness program that allows you to progress in terms of expected effort and result is advisable. It would also be best to dress the part so engaging in the required physical activity is comfortable, safe, and fun. Go for what you want, whether it be dance, yoga, weights, or sports but be sure to be consistent to get the desired effect.
It can be difficult to admit that our bodies seem to have their own minds after a certain age. What used to work for us before in keeping us trim and fit does not even create a dent to the parts we would like to shape. It can be very frustrating and disappointing but is not a reason for us to stop.
Keeping fit helps us delay the aging process while possibly preventing the onset of varied chronic diseases resulting from leading sedentary lives. One study says that having a fitness program lessens the number of years we spend dealing with illnesses. So even if for the sake of argument, all adults end up being sick at old age, those who have taken time to keep fit would have enjoyed more years of living free of any sickness. That in itself is more than enough reason to be fit.
I have been feeling the effects of physical aging for the past years being a middle aged adult myself. Admittedly, I have undergone several highs and lows when it comes to physical fitness so I know what I’m talking about when I say that it is best to take care of our bodies. So when you find yourselves giving up, do yourself a favor by not doing so. Embrace age as it’s part of life but don’t let it dictate what you can do and how you feel. Maintain a healthy outlook and positive attitude for good measure and be happy to be alive. After all, not everyone is given the chance to live life to the fullest.