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Perhaps you have not been too keen on working out in the past and have used every excuse you could think of to stay away from the gym or even a workout program at home.  It’s time to put away the excuses and focus on creating a healthier you, especially if you’ve used you age as an excuse.  It is possible to be fit and fabulous at fifty. The older we get the more important it is to be fit and stay fit.  It improves your quality of life and lets you enjoy an active lifestyle with friends and family.  If you’ve been sedentary most of your life, you can still begin a fitness routine and make significant improvements with the goal of just being healthy. You don’t have to look like a body builder to be healthy, but you do have to exercise and eat right.

If you are in your late forties or early fifties, you’ve probably noticed your metabolism slowing down and you’re not as flexible or strong as you were in your twenties.  The key to being fit and fabulous at fifty is to stay strong, be flexible and improve your metabolism. How can you do that if you’ve been a couch potato?

It’s easy peasy, simply start working out.  Whether you commit to walking the neighborhood, or taking a swim class at the local pool, the point is to move.  If you are looking for something a bit more challenging or simply, don’t know where to begin, there are several low intensity programs that will get you moving and improve your fitness level.  Each one is a good introduction to working out depending on your current situation.

The P90 program is the on switch to fitness and is a great way to start a fitness program.  The program designed by Tony Horton is not as extreme as his P90X, but rather it focuses on the fundamentals and principles of his more extreme programs.  You can modify the exercises to work with whatever physical limitations you have, or taper them to suit your level of fitness. The focus of P90 is to build muscle and improve core strength. It’s a 90-day program consisting of 25-45 minutes of low intensity routines.

Yoga and Pilates are two of the best programs for older women and those with a limited history of hitting a gym. They are easy on the joints and improve strength and flexibility.  The resistance training actually comes from your own body weight as you move through the routines.  Beachbody has taken both exercises and combined them into their PiYo program. It is a 60-day program with easy to follow 25-45 minute sessions.  By combining moves from both Yoga and Pilates, the program helps to build strength, improve balance, and increase flexibility. Best of all, the low impact program burns fat.

If the idea of Yoga and Pilates doesn’t inspire you or you have joint pain and a limited range of motion, the 90-day Tai Cheng program could be perfect for you. Its 18 key healing moves help restore range of motion, build strength and improve energy levels.  The program combines modern fitness science with the ancient Chinese practice of Tai Chi. This program will get you off the couch and moving toward a better level of fitness.

To explore these programs and find the right one for you, contact me at seay.standford@gmail.com.

Seay Stanford Holly Creel
Seay Stanford Holly Creel

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