Five Safe Workouts for Anyone Over 40 Staying Fit Without Pain

In Fitness, Health, Lifestyle by Maggie Callahan

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A safe, low-impact exercise routine is vital to preventing potential health problems and protecting you from future injuries
Maybe you’re already starting to feel that degenerative pain in your joints. Maybe you’ve racked up an impressive list of injuries after some youthful years of tackle football. Or maybe you just want to stay healthy and limber enough to keep playing golf on the weekends. In any case, the one thing you definitely don’t want to do is kick your feet up and become sedentary. A safe, low-impact exercise routine is vital to preventing potential health problems and protecting you from future injuries. Studies show that simply working your way up to 20 or 30 minutes per day of simple exercise is going to improve arthritis symptoms, improve your blood pressure, and reduce your risks of heart attacks and other diseases.

Unlike a strenuous weight training regimen or a marathon habit, here are 5 five workouts that you can stick with for life:

1.) Swimming.

Find your nearest pool, lake, or ocean and get moving. Few things are as powerfully effective, therapeutic, and easy on your body as a water workout. You’ll get the ease on your joints from the buoyancy, but you’ll still get all the effects from the resistance of the water. Water workouts are often used in physical therapy, so along with no only being safe for those with injuries, it can also be immensely healing. It is also great for stress reduction and chronic pain management. Within the genre of water exercise, there are many choices for you. There is simple water walking, underwater toning exercises, and lap swimming for the solo athlete, and a huge array of group classes, like water yoga, for those looking for a more social experience.

2.) Walking.

It really doesn’t get much easier than this. It shares many of the exact same perks as running, including those that benefit the heart. By just adding 30 minutes per day of this light exercise, you can improve blood pressure and blood sugar levels, reduce the risk of coronary heart disease and improve your mental stress levels.

Walking is also one of the simplest workouts to implement into your existing schedule. Choose a stroll over driving for your daily errands, tag on a few extra minutes when you walk the dog, or just pull your kids in a wagon around the neighborhood.

If you want to up the ante, turn your walk into more of a hike by finding some hills nearby or cranking up your treadmill, or add a weighted backpack.

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