When Exercise is Bad for You

Baby boomers are much more active than their predecessors. It’s not unusual to see retirees biking, hiking, and skiing. Wanting to feel as youthful as possible, many older people work out to keep their bodies fit and trim.

There is a fine line between being fit and over doing it. Often it is hard to tell the difference. If you’ve had any type of injury, you know the older you are the longer it takes to heal. Plus, there is an increased likelihood of doing permanent damage if your aren’t careful with both exercise and sports.

When taking on any physical activity understand the risks and the changes to your body. That’s one of the hardest things to accept as we get older. Men especially struggle accepting they can’t do what they could when they were in their twenties. Recognizing the changes in your body can prevent serious injury.

Maintain regular fitness routines that involve stretching, cardio, and strength workouts. If you haven’t engaged in exercise or sports for a long period of time, start slowly. Listen to your body and don’t push too hard until you set boundaries.

Keep components of a good workout routine include getting enough sleep and eating appropriate. Give you body time to rest and rejuvenate after exercise. Endurance training shouldn’t be for more than three days in a row. Strength and resistance work outs should be done every other day to give muscles time to rest.

Don’t hesitate to involve your healthcare professional and a fitness trainer if you’re beginning an new physical activity or have been away from it for an extended period of time.

Don’t pretend that serious injury can’t happen to you. By the time you’re in your sixties, you know people who have physical limitations from exercise or sports injuries. Finally, don’t pretend you’re twenty.

About Cathy Severson

Cathy Severson helps baby boomers find more meaning and purpose in their lives and work. Get your copy of her complimentary e-book Guide to Retirement Activities a comprehensive look at work, volunteering and leisure based on an individuals’ personalities. Call for a complimentary 20-minute consultation to answer your most pressing concern. 928.775.4949 or email Cathy at retirementlifematters@gmail.com

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