Unlock Vitality at Every Stage: Active & Ageless Fitness for the Over50s
Over 50s Fitness Centre.
Health & Wellness Specialists
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By Stephanie Harris | Health Scientist
It can be confusing when working out how much exercise is enough in order to maintain a healthy and active life.
Here we discuss some of the factors that you should consider when deciding what your weekly gym schedule should look like.
No matter what, you should always aim for sustainability. This means, finding an amount of exercise that works for you each week so that you are able to continue to perform for extended periods of time.
All too often, people go too hard, too fast – and wind up burning out or injuring themselves. In order to prevent this, it is important to listen to what your body is telling you. Even more so if you are at the beginning of your health journey,
Besides that, don’t be disheartened if you aren’t keeping up with those who have been active in the gym for years. Take it at your own pace, and speak with your trainer about what they recommend for you individually.
Flowing on from ‘sustainability’, we link in ‘recovery’. Recovery is vital in order to continue to progress in your fitness both in aerobic exercise, and resistance training. If the body isn’t given enough time to rest and recuperate following activity, our risk of injuries and illness increases.
That being said, this does not give you permission to use ‘recovery’ as an excuse for missing a session. Especially if the real reason is that you just ‘don’t feel like it’. We know all the tricks in the book! 😉
The amount of exercise you perform each week also depends on the individual goals that you have set. Not only can this impact how much exercise you require, but also the type of exercise you should be performing.
A healthy mix of both aerobic and resistance training is recommended at all times. However, training to run a marathon, for example, may require a slightly heavier aerobic training workload, than the goal of building 2kg of muscle.
Again, if you haven’t already, have a chat with your trainer and ask them what they would suggest.
While there are a number of factors that play a part in determining what type of exercise we should be doing; the Australian Government’s Department of Health has set out guidelines for all individuals as a minimum target of activity per week. Some of the important recommendations that we want to highlight include:
These above points provide a general overview of what the government deems to be satisfactory for older individuals performing physical activity. However, they are not overly specific.
As this is the case, please refer to dot points 1-3, and speak with your trainers regarding any further questions you may have about the amount of exercise you should be completing each week. Also remember to pay attention to how your body is feeling, and always give yourself enough time to recover by resting, consuming nutritious foods, and remaining hydrated.is enoughHow
Heath Jones is the founder of Active & Ageless and has over 20 years’ experience in the Health & Wellness space.
He holds the following qualifications:
Bachelor of Nursing
Postgraduate in Exercise Science
Diploma of OHS
Cert 3 & 4 Fitness
Cert 4 Training & Assessment
Older Adults trainer