It's never too late to make a positive change

Senior Fitness

We don't stop exercising because we age, we age because we stop exercising!

It's recommended that older adults incorporate 150 minutes of moderate endurance activity into their weekly routine. Whilst it's widely shared that getting older makes it harder to exercise, or harder to lose weight, that's not always true. In fact, your metabolism declines by only 2% per decade! It's never too late to adopt healthy habits.

At Lifestyle Fitness, we work with members of all ages. Some of our members have completed our fitness challenges well into their 90s! At our core, we believe in creating inclusive fitness communities - no one walking into a Lifestyle Fitness gym will ever be judged, whether you're a super keen runner in your 80s or you're a total newbie to the gym.

There are four key steps to staying active in your later years, and we'll talk about these below:

Tips for integrating exercise with your routine

Be More Active, More Often

Exercise lowers the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and some cancers! It leads to a powerful effect called the “compression of morbidity”; meaning you stay healthier for longer in your later years.

In addition, exercise prevents dementia and other cognitive changes, try and aim for 30 minutes of physical activity each day. Strength training, Yoga and Pilates are great ways of restoring muscle mass lost with age.

Improve Your Diet

Don’t fall for the fad diets out there, try and aim for a diet consisting of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fish, beans, and low-fat or fat-free dairy; and keep meat and poultry lean to help your cells function better. Furthermore, a healthy diet will increase energy levels, making a workout more appealing and more rewarding!

Sleep Well

Not getting enough sleep? It can affect memory, emotion, weight and even your appearance! Just because you're getting older doesn't mean you should skip out on getting enough rest!

Be sure to create a more relaxing environment, dedicating time for sleep and relaxation techniques. A wholesome exercise routine makes it easier to sleep, and achieve a higher quality of sleep, so if you're struggling to get the same restful sleep you used to, a good exercise routine may well be the answer!

Challenge Your Brain

Setting yourself the smallest challenges, whether it’s finding a new interest or new route to work, keeps your mind fresh. Exercise has consisently been linked with improved mood and state of mind. Mental wellbeing is just as key a part of your overall fitness as physical exercise! Don't neglect your brain, and it will look after you!

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