Here are some of the questions I’m often asked regarding exercise after age 50. Let me know of any other questions you have! I am happy to answer questions about fitness after 50.
Fitness After 50 FAQ
Question: Will lifting weights make me big and bulky?
Answer: No! This is a common concern, especially among women. Strength training is absolutely essential to healthy living as we get older. I’m not talking about body building. Trust me: It takes a ton of concentrated effort over a long period of time for healthy young men to get “big and bulky.” It will not happen to you.
But you will be preserving muscle, which is necessary for all movements, including everyday tasks like bringing in the groceries and picking up babies. You’ll also improve your balance, making you less likely to fall, and your bone strength, making you less likely to break something. It’s one of the best things you can do to help you stay out of a wheelchair as you get older.
Q: Isn’t walking enough exercise for older people?
A: No, it’s not. Sorry – not sorry, as the kids say. Walking is a great start, so if you’re already doing it, then keep it up. And if you’re not, then by all means start. But you need cardiovascular exercise that’s more vigorous; strength training; and agility work, like stretching. And for those who do it thinking they’re improving bone density, walking (while weight bearing) is not high enough intensity to increase bone mass.
Q: What’s the best kind of exercise for me?
A: The kind that’s fun. The kind you will do regularly. The kind that helps you feel, move and look better. That can be just about anything, and I can help you find the right activity and location for you, even if it’s not with me.
Q: Don’t you have to be in good condition to start exercising or going to a gym?
A: Absolutely not. Everyone is welcome. In fact, it’s out-of-shape people who need it the most. Most of my clients do exercises in the privacy and convenience of their own home, so you can literally start from where ever you are.
Q: Won’t I have to spend hours and hours in the gym every day?
A: No. I’m here to help you have the strength, stamina, and agility to live your best life for as long as possible. I have programs that can take less than 30 minutes a day, two or three times a week. And don’t forget, you can get plenty of exercise without joining a gym or studio. When you train with me, you can be assured it’s safe, effective and fun. And you’ll have a customized program that helps you get the results that you want in the most efficient manner possible.
Q: Will I hurt myself?
A: You are more likely to hurt yourself if you are inactive. Fitness prevents injuries and chronic conditions; improves balance, bone density, and mental alertness; and helps us manage weight, blood pressure, and stress. The couch is far more dangerous than the gym! But, I am here for you if you want to make sure that you’re doing your exercises correctly.
Q: How much time does it take?
A: Physical activity guidelines tell us that we all need at least 150 minutes a week of moderate cardio activity, plus at least two sessions of resistance training. That’s the minimum. So, think of 30 minutes of moderate cardio five days each week, with strength training at least two non-consecutive days. That’s about 2% of your time.
Are you ready to start a new fitness after 50 program? Contact me for a free consultation to discuss your options for becoming a stronger version of yourself!