This post is part of the Gorgeous 50’s series inspired by a book given to me by one of my sisters on my 50th birthday – ‘Grown up and Gorgeous in your 50’s’ by Pamela Robson. I will be sharing some of Pamela’s words and my own thoughts along the way. To see all posts published as part of this series, go here.
This is the regimen that is recommended as being optimal for this age group, but, if it seems too difficult to squeeze into your schedule, don’t forget: any activity is good for you.
- A 20 to 40 minute brisk walk, slow jog, or aerobics class three to five times a week at an intensity that enables you to answer a question but not chat.
- Half an hour of weight training twice a week.
So you hate the gym, resent running and can’t see the point in Pilates? Find a sport or activity that you enjoy. There’s the conventional – cycling, tennis, swimming, golf, netball, hockey and bushwalking: and the unconventional – borrow your daughter’s surfboard, give yoga a go, or …
- Fling yourself into Flamenco dancing. It’s great for toning legs and defining waists. Then book a holiday in Spain.
- Go back to your girlhood dreams and go horse-riding. There’s nothing like it for developing a beautiful bum!
- Learn kickboxing. It’s great for fat burning, endurance and flexibility, and it helps you learn to defend yourself.
- Take up tai chi. It’s a low-impact exercise, increases joint mobility and is fabulous for relaxation.
- Take up serious walking. Manage weight, blood pressure and elevate your mood with regular hikes. Then book a walking holiday.
Well apart from my shock at the mention of aerobics class (I did them in the 80’s & 90’s but there are still aerobic classes out there?), I’m pretty well in agreement with Pamela on this one! It’s made me realise though that I probably should do some more vigorous exercise (sigh). I walk but I can do more than answer a question! I can chat, chat, chat and chat … till the cows come home! I’m thinking I’ve got the weight training covered with the Pilates I do, but perhaps I should do more.
Anyway, I love her unconventional options – though I’d hardly call yoga unconventional! Flamenco dancing I have never done but what fun (and so many laughs) would that be to learn! I used to ride horses as a girl. I was in a pony club. I haven’t been on a horse in decades! Kickboxing I’m not too sure about as I have an achy hip (gosh that sounds old but it’s true). Tai chi I have never done but I’d be happy to try – it’s just very hard to find the time to fit all these things in.
What unconventional workouts can you come up with. Hit me with them! I’ll start! How about all the unconventional options available on a Wii Fit? Lots of variety, fun, and in the privacy and convenience of your own home. Now your turn!
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