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Fit in Your Fifties and Beyond

We’ve all heard that the key to living a long, healthy life is staying active, but for those over 50 it’s easier said than done. Body aches and pains, stiff muscles and lost stamina make it difficult to get started and maintain wellness.

The good news is there are small, pain-free things you can do to stay fit in your fifties and beyond. Get started with these:

Good nutrition.

Focus on eating lean meats, fish, eggs, nuts, seeds, grains, legumes, fruits and veggies and drinking plenty of water. If you struggle with consuming the recommended daily values of necessary vitamins and minerals, here are some products you may want to add to your daily regimen.

Mixture of high and low intensity workouts.

Intense bursts of exercise, lifting heavy weights and sprint intervals all have their place in your workout regiment, but they’re hard on your joints and muscles and could lead to injury. Each week add a few low-intensity workouts to the mix like tai chi, yoga, swimming, walking, stand-up paddle-boarding, and stretching exercises. Focusing on just one type of exercises overuses muscles and lead to imbalances and injury.

De-stress every day.

Take time to tune out to let the stress of daily life melt away. Stress taxes your immune system, drains energy and depresses your mood. Take 10-15 minutes during the day to turn off the phone, close your eyes and sit quietly. Focus on your breathing. Having trouble relaxing? Check out these natural supplements to help you de-stress and clear your mind.

Get your zzz’s

Restful sleep rejuvenates your mind and body. When you skimp on hours your body doesn’t have sufficient time to repair itself and your mind doesn’t have enough time to organize and sort through the day’s events. Establish a regular, relaxing bedtime routine. Shut off all electronics an hour before bed since this type of light interferes with your circadian rhythm and keep your room cool, quiet and dark.

Start slow.

See your healthcare professional prior to starting a new exercise program. While you might be anxious to recapture how you felt in your 20s, the fact remains your body just isn’t the same. Start slow with a 10 minute brisk walk and slowly build your endurance and stamina.

Age related health issues are inevitable and sometimes develop earlier than we anticipate. Whether you are taking preventative measures or are looking for something to boost your healthy diet and lifestyle efforts, supplementing can help!

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