Stay Fit in Your 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and Beyond – Health Essentials from Cleveland Clinic

Posted: January 9, 2021 at 9:56 am

Forty may be the new 30. But if youre approaching (or past) the mid-century mark, you probably dont want to work out like a 20-year-old no matter how spry you feel.

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Exercise is really important as you get older, says Tom Iannetta ATC, CSCS, a senior athletic trainer and certified strength and conditioning specialist. But you might have to adjust your routine to avoid injuries as you age.

Heres how to exercise safely, in middle age and beyond.

You dont have to abandon your favorite exercise just because youre getting older. People are staying active well into their later years. Theres no reason you cant stay active past 50. You can keep playing tennis or softball, golfing or doing any of the things youve always enjoyed, Iannetta says.

But that doesnt mean you can push yourself quite like you did at 25.

As you get older, muscles and tendons get tighter, he says. Injuries like tendon tears become a lot more common in middle age. Its important to know your limits and listen to your body.

Luckily, you can take steps to reduce the risk of injury.

Before starting a new exercise program, talk to your doctor, Iannetta says. They can give you advice about what is and isnt safe. Thats especially true if youre taking medications or have any chronic conditions such as lung disease or heart problems.

As you get started, its worth seeking help from the experts, he adds. Look for a certified strength and conditioning specialist or a certified personal trainer, he says. They can help you find enjoyable ways to exercise safely.

Once you get the all-clear, where do you begin? Iannetta offers these ideas to get you started.

The most important pointer for exercising in your 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and beyond? You do you.

Dont worry about what your buddy is doing or stress about keeping up with the younger crowd.

More isnt always better, Iannetta says. Theres no shame in adapting your routine as you get older. Its the movement, not the method that matters.

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Stay Fit in Your 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s and Beyond - Health Essentials from Cleveland Clinic

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