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Fitness After 50: Busting Age-Related Exercise Myths

CJ Wehrkamp
Certified Personal Trainer and Nutrition Consultant
Older man doing a pushup

In “The Key to Enjoying Life After 50” podcast episode, I had an interesting chat with Karli Soyland, our fantastic coach of Sioux Falls Fit Body Forever. We dove into the world of staying fit and healthy as we age. Karli shared how our Fit Body Forever program is tailored for people aged 55 and above, focusing on strength, stamina, and balance.

At Fit Body Forever, we have exercises designed especially for those over 55. The workouts help build strength, increase stamina, and improve balance. What’s cool is that we personalize exercises to match your needs as your body changes with age.

Sioux Falls Fit Body Forever is like a friendly exercise club for folks 55 and older. We work to create a supportive atmosphere that’s not just about fitness but also making connections and friendships.

One big thing we discussed is the myth that older people can’t do the same exercises as younger people. Karli strongly disagrees with this idea, highlighting the impressive abilities of older adults. At Fit Body Forever, age does not determine your ability.

Karli stressed the importance of assessing clients before they start their workouts. The goal is to challenge and improve gradually. Those gradual changes can be different for each person. One part of our assessments is our InBody Scan, a machine that accurately measures current body fat and muscle composition. These scans help better tailor exercises to individual needs and health conditions. 

Sioux Falls Fit Body Forever offers a free orientation and assessment. This means you can try it out before making a full commitment. And the program keeps growing, so more older adults can benefit from staying healthy and fit in their golden years.

If you’re an older adult wanting to start your fitness journey or a family member searching for a great program for a loved one, Fit Body Forever is a great choice. It’s not just about physical health; it’s about the community and support too. Click here to learn more about Sioux Falls Fit Body Forever.

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Top 10 Questions About Exercise After 50

Why is exercise important after the age of 50?

Regular exercise helps maintain muscle mass, bone density, and cardiovascular health. It also boosts mood, energy, and overall well-being.

What type of exercises are safe for people over 50?

Strength training and flexibility exercises are beneficial. Low-impact activities like walking, swimming, and yoga are also great.

How often should I exercise after 50?

Aim for at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity exercise each week, plus strength training at least twice a week.

What are the benefits of strength training for older adults?

Strength training helps maintain muscle mass, bone density, and metabolism. It also improves balance and reduces the risk of falls.

Can I start a new exercise routine after 50?

Absolutely. It’s never too late to begin. Start slowly and gradually increase the intensity to avoid injury.

What if I have health issues or joint problems?

Consult your doctor before starting any exercise program. They can recommend safe activities and modifications.

How can I make exercise a routine at my age?

Set specific, achievable goals, find enjoyable activities, and establish a regular schedule. Exercise with a friend for motivation.

Is it necessary to warm up and cool down before and after exercising?

Yes, warming up and cooling down are essential to prevent injury. Stretching and gentle movements prepare your body and help it recover.

What role does nutrition play in exercising after 50?

Eating a balanced diet with sufficient protein and nutrients supports your exercise efforts and overall health.

How can I stay motivated to exercise regularly after 50?

Track your progress, join fitness classes or groups, and reward yourself for reaching your goals. Having a workout buddy can also keep you accountable and motivated.


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