While some people may think a man’s best fitness years are in their 20’s and 30’s, that’s not always true. Men in their 40’s and 50’s regularly say they feel the best they ever have from exercising regularly – but there may be some modifications for those over 50.
While you might not be breaking any records doing the 100-meter dash or winning ultra marathons when you’re 56, you can still achieve a high level of fitness that benefits your body and mind. Here are 13 of the best exercise tips to keep in mind if you’re a man older than 50…
1. Resistance is Not Futile
Livestrong.com says that resistance training – 2 or 3-times per week – is beneficial for men older than 50. In short, resistance training involves using weights to focus on muscle development.
Examples of resistance training exercises given by the source include the bench press, squats or leg presses, “which work the larger muscle groups.” It recommends starting with weights that lighter, with 15 to 20-repetitions. As you increase weight, you can drop the reps to 12 to 15, it adds. “Increased muscle mass will help elevate your metabolism and improve your body’s ability to burn fat,” it adds.