As we age, our bodies change and certain things we may have once taken for granted are now more cherished than ever before. For example, you may lose flexibility, notice your knees popping and cracking when you bend, or even have to deal with a developing autoimmune disorder such as arthritis. The good news is, you are not alone but the bad news is you will most likely have to work much harder to achieve the same results that once came so easy.
The typical reaction to aging in regards to fitness is to want to back off of exercises especially lifting weights because we are afraid of injury. However, what many people don’t realize is that we lift moderate to heavy weights every day. Also, if your body is trained properly, you are actually reducing the risk of injury that can occur. Another important component to maintain as we age is a strong core and flexibility. Normal everyday tasks are most times the biggest culprits of injury. For example, carrying the groceries, lifting the grandchildren, yard work, vacuuming, and putting away the dishes require both core strength and flexibility. The best way to avoid an injury is to maintain a fitness regimen that best suits your needs.
Yoga, swimming, and biking are all great options for those who have injuries currently, are dealing with past injuries, or are simply unable to do high-impact workouts. However, if you are one of the lucky ones who does not have to cater to an injury, high-impact exercise can actually help with bone density. Don’t be afraid to challenge yourself to do better. Lastly, always remember to listen to your body and workout with good form because ultimately it might save you in the future.