Why You Should Start Running In Your Fifties
There are many ways to stay in shape as we get older, but while running may seem ambitious, there are many folks making great strides in the running world in their 50’s and beyond.
As we get older, running might feel just out of reach for some of us for one reason or another. Aches, pains, joint stiffness. These are all things that can hold us back from running free. But what if we told you running can be an enjoyable means of exercise that we can continue on long into our later years?
Of course, we might not be as fast as our younger selves, but that shouldn’t stop us from reaching our fitness goals just because we are over 50. If you’re still looking for the motivation to get up and start running, check out these 8 reasons why you should start running in your 50’s.
AS A RULE OF CAUTION, YOU SHOULD CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE STARTING ANY NEW KIND OF EXERCISE ROUTINE.
Fight a Sluggish Metabolism
Metabolism slows up to 5 percent per decade. By the time you are 50, you need to stay active to keep from putting on weight. Runners burn a lot of calories!
Improve Bone Density
Bone density loss begins over age 50. One in every two women 50 and older will suffer a bone break because of low bone density. Running is a weight-bearing exercise that improves bone density.
Keep Heart Disease at Bay
Heart disease signs start to appear after 50. Heart disease is the leading cause of death for people 65 or older. Running is the easiest and most effective form of health and fitness training. Even beginning runners can lower their resting heart rate by approximately 10 beats per minute after just a few weeks of training.
Shed Extra Pounds
Lots of folks use long-distance running as a means to burn calories and lose weight. There are a bunch of different running programs designed for weight loss at all age levels to boot!
Boost Your Immune System
Immune System is boosted by light or moderate running by circulating protective cells through the body faster to attack and eliminate bacteria, viruses and fungi. Stay healthy by running!
Gain Better Stability
Having a good sense of balance is great to have at any age, but is very important for those of us who are 50 or older. Bad balance can lead to some nasty falls and injuries. Many runner’s stretches are great for improving and maintaining good balance.
Stay [mentally] Sharp
Mental clarity and the ability to focus decrease after age 50. Running helps trigger endorphins, which improve the prioritizing functions of the brain. After exercise, your ability to focus will increase. Stay sharp!
Feel Happy & Energetic
They don’t call it “Runner’s High” for nothing! And the good news is that euphoric post-exercise feeling doesn’t go away with age. Running helps our bodies produce Endorphins, which trigger a positive feeling in the body. This can make you feel happier or more energetic during your day!
Feeling motivated now? Get started on enjoying your running lifestyle today!