Top fitness tips for men over 50

There’s something to be said for the thought that “age is just a number.” 

And even if I could go back to my 20s or 30s, I’m not so sure I would.

I feel more comfortable in my own skin than I did back then. And no matter what age you are right now, know that you’re fully capable of being active, happy and strong.

And yet… we’re kidding ourselves if we ignore that aging can challenge us. Things that used to be easy maybe aren’t anymore. 

More aches. Less energy. It’s not a great combo!

But you can change what it means to be in your 50s or older. This is especially true of men, who often like to pretend that everything’s fine when it might not be.

So my first tip is to make sure you’re checking under the hood regularly. Once you hit 50, it makes sense to have regular physicals, and schedule a colonoscopy. 

With today’s procedures, you really have very little to be nervous about. 

Next, it’s time to recommit to being active. Get out and walk, or bike, or hike. Movement is key, or we start to rust. 

For men in particular, exercise should also mean working in resistance training. After you hit 50, your testosterone levels are on a fast decline. Resistance training, whether that’s body work like push-ups or weight work with free weights or resistance bands, can help you claw some of that “T” back.

Which will mean more energy, stronger muscles, and even a better mood.

You should also pay close attention to your water intake, especially as you increase activity. After 50, we start to feel less thirsty, even though our need for water doesn’t change. 

If anything, we need it more, to flush toxins, and maintain our health. 

When it comes to your diet, keeping up healthy habits are even more important with age. More fruits and vegetables, more often. Watch your carb intake, and if you do eat carbs, make them whole grains and concentrate them earlier in the day.

And don’t forget your rest. Prioritize sleep, which aids recovery, and helps you realize the gains you’re building up throughout your day.

There’s no reason you can’t keep growing stronger, more fit, and active, just because you’ve hit a certain age. 

As long as you pay close attention to your body, and give it what it needs, as often as it needs it. 

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