Today I Learned...
f you're over 60 and want to start getting fit, it can be a little intimidating. But don't let that stop you!
If you're wondering where to begin, there are a few key things that will make your journey easier:
Find an exercise that you like
After 60, you want to make sure that you're staying healthy through exercise. If you don't enjoy the exercise, you won't stick with it.
How do I know what kind of exercises I should try? The key is to listen to your body and find something that makes you happy. Here are some ideas to get you started:
- walking outside
- swimming at a pool or lake
- riding a bike on paved paths in a park (not busy streets!)
- Tai Chi
Nutrition is key
Good nutrition is the foundation of fitness, so it's important to understand what a healthy diet looks like.
A balanced diet includes all food groups in proper proportions:
- fruits and vegetables
- grains and whole-grains
- lean protein sources
- dairy products
- plenty of water
To ensure that your body gets everything it needs from a variety of foods, choose things that come from different colors on the plate:
- reds (tomatoes)
- greens (lettuce)
- yellows (sweet potato)
- purples (blueberries)
Finding a workout buddy
Finding a workout buddy can be one of the best ways to stay motivated, especially as you get older.
Working out with someone else is more fun, and it's easier to push yourself when you have someone there to keep pace with. Plus, working out in a group can help you meet new people who share similar interests or fitness levels so that you have new people to talk with as well.
Get a full night's sleep every night
Sleep is one of the most important things for your body, and getting a full night's rest every night will do wonders for how you feel. Sleep helps to replenish your energy levels, repair muscles and joints that may have been worn out by exercise, and allows your brain to process information so you can learn new things easier.
Generally speaking, adults need between seven and nine hours of sleep each night. If you're having trouble sleeping or feeling tired during the day even though you've gotten enough sleep at night, there are some easy ways to improve your quality of sleep:
- Avoid caffeine late in the afternoon or evening as it can disrupt sleep later on in the evening
- Reduce screen time an hour before bedtime (or eliminate screen time altogether)
- Avoid heavy meals too close to bedtime; instead opt for lighter foods like nuts or yogurt with fruit
Getting healthy and fit can be fun, even after 60.
If you’re thinking about starting your own fitness journey, we hope these tips have been helpful!
Remember to keep an open mind when it comes to finding the right workout, diet and sleep schedule for you. For many people, more active lifestyle is better than a one-size fits all approach—but in any case making time for fitness will always be beneficial!