Exercising after you’ve reached 50+ years can help you stave off disease, improve the quality of your life, and reverse the effects of aging. However, often times going to a gym just isn’t convenient. It may be too far to drive, you may not like waiting in line to use equipment, or worrying about the hygiene of sweaty exercise machines.
Fortunately, setting up some exercise equipment in your home is not difficult. Treadmills, elliptical trainers, stationary bikes, and weight machines are available. Be sure you find something that is simple and sturdy. If it is too complicated or flimsy you probably won’t find yourself using it on a regular basis.
Do Your Homework
Also, make sure you do your research first. Stick to the major brands and look for online reviews. Many online stores allow customers to post their own reviews of the products. This is a great way to hear from everyday people who have actually used the equipment. You can determine the pros and cons based upon their feedback.
You might also find local stores that stock the equipment you are considering and ask to do a “test drive”. Some stores will give you a few minutes on the machine so you can get a feel for what’s right for you. Don’t be shy about asking. After all, you will be spending a good deal of time with this equipment- find something you feel comfortable with.
A stationary bike is a good way to get in a nice cardio workout without putting undue stress on your joints. You can tone your muscles, burn calories, and improve your overall fitness level. You can periodically change up the intensity level to fit your current level of fitness.
An elliptical machine is another low-impact piece of exercise equipment that will provide you with a very good cardio workout. To build faster muscles in your legs or burn more calories you can increase its incline.
Swimming is a very effective way to get in some cardio work. The water buoyancy allows you to get some good exercise without stressing your joints. If you used to run or jog but were forced to quit due to problems with your knees, swimming might be a great replacement for you.
After you’ve selected and bought your exercise equipment, you will need to find a good place to use it. You might want to have it located near a stereo or TV so that you can hear music or be entertained while exercising. Be sure that you put it in a climate-controlled area, not someplace like a garage. This way you’ll enjoy your exercise experience and be more likely to make it a regular part of your routine.
Exercise Without Equipment
If you don’t feel like buying equipment, you can still get in some exercise by walking your neighborhood or in the park. If you walk briskly, you can also be sure that you are getting in some good cardiovascular exercise as well. You might prefer to walk with a friend or neighbor who can help keep you motivated.
If you are age 50+ you will probably find that by exercising you have a lower incidence of conditions like hypertension, heart disease, low bone density, obesity, constipation, and problems sleeping. One of the benefits of getting healthy is the likelihood of lower health care costs. Let’s face it, many of our health problems are caused by our own failure to do the common sense things needed to maintain our health.
Equipment May Pay For Itself
The initial cost of buying the equipment may seem high, but owning and using the equipment may end up being a bargain that helps you create your own customized routine and focus on your own individual needs. This is particularly true if the equipment is of fine quality and sufficiently maintained. Don’t be afraid to spend a little more for quality. Well made equipment is less likely to need repairs or replacement due to being outdated.
Motivation Through Results
Many people fear they will lose their motivation before they see results. But the results can start coming very quickly, providing incentive to stick with it. Within a couple weeks of adequate exercise you should start experiencing more energy during your day. Your mood and sleep will improve and so will your overall quality of life.