There are many advantages to growing older. One of them is the willingness to try things you’ve always wanted to try. Of course, you also gain wisdom. And you might be surprised to know that older athletes generally have better endurance than their younger counterparts. When choosing a fitness program, keep those three strengths in mind.
Try Something You’ve Always Wanted to Try.
There are likely dozens of fitness programs and activities you’ve always wanted to try but haven’t’. Now’s the time. Make a list of the things you want to try or like to do. For example:
Rock climbing – this sport isn’t just for the young. There are women in their seventies who are new to climbing and rocking the sport. It’s fun. Safe and great for strength, endurance, and flexibility.
Kick Boxing – Thousands of women of all ages are heading to the gym to get their boxing gloves on. Kick boxing is an empowering and energetic sport. And you don’t have to worry about hand to hand combat. Most classes have you spar with pads or practice on a bag.
Dancing – Do you love to Lindy? Have you always wanted to learn the Tango? Get your dancing shoes on and take a class. You can find dance classes in every city. Find a class that is catered to adults and enjoy learning a new move.
Embrace Your Wisdom
There are many sports or activities that embrace the mind as well as the body. Dancing, listed above, is a great example. It often takes a lot of practice and thinking to nail a new dance move. Consider also:
Yoga – Yoga has been practiced for centuries as a full mind body program. It helps you learn to quiet your mind, relax and focus. It also builds strength, flexibility, and endurance. Skip the power yoga classes or the hot yoga classes unless you’re in great health and want a kick butt workout. Instead, take a vinyasa flow or basic hatha yoga class. They embrace the mind body element and work to build endurance.
Tai Chi – Tai Chi is all about movement and flow. It’s a beautiful activity that like yoga embraces both a mind and body element. It may be more difficult to find Tai Chi classes, however; you can find DVDs and online instruction. You can practice Tai Chi anywhere including your own back yard or the city park.
Build Your Endurance
Fitness experts recognized long ago that older athletes have a unique ability to go the distance. You have the power to develop superior endurance. This is great for activities like:
Walking/power walking – Tie your shoes and get outside. Your body may not be able to sprint or run hills but you can walk or power walk for miles. Enjoy the fresh air and reap the many benefits of a fitness walking program.
Swimming – swimming is a powerful no impact exercise program. It helps build a strong body, heart, and lungs. Join your local health club or public pool and take advantage of their swimming classes and open lap times. Swim your way back to health and vitality.
Just because you’re getting older doesn’t mean you have to slow down. There are many fitness programs and activities you can enjoy and excel at. Find something you love, learn something new, engage your mind and show off your endurance!