There are some common mistakes that people commit when they start their workout routines late in life. Exercising at the age of 50 is not the same as pushing your body at a younger age. Your body makes drastic changes by the time it reaches the 50-year mark. Therefore, if you are planning to start toning up yourself when you have reached the half-century mark in life, remember to be careful with the cardinal errors that many make. In other words, be careful. Remember shortcuts and wrong methods can do more harm than good. But this does not mean you should be intimidated.
A big mistake that beginners do is not to warm up before exercising. Always start with a light warm-up routine. Do not ever skip warming up your body just to save time or out of lethargy. A good warm-up primes your body for the rigors ahead as well as prevents accidents at the workout.
As you grow older, the temptation to avoid working heavy on your muscles increases. It is erroneous to think that you only need to develop a cardio routine and building your muscles is not important. Remember, age reduces the muscle power in your body. As you age, your muscles weaken. This could lead to inadvertent falls and injuries. In addition, muscles when at rest burn a lot of your calories. Therefore, apart from cardio, you must work on your muscle power to remain fit and healthy.
Work on making your body flexible. This is a cardinal mistake many people who start exercising in the mid-life commit. An inflexible body increases the chances of fluid loss and stiffness in the ligaments. Flexibility can be improved by either doing yoga or Pilates. Importantly, do not confuse stretching exercises with warm-ups. You need to get into this zone only after a good warm-up of your body.
Always work under a qualified trainer. In addition, get medical clearance from your doctor before you hit the gym. Supervision by a trained professional during workouts helps reduce the risk of injury and achieve desired results. The problem with most people is that they think exercising is about rolling the arms and legs and picking up a few weights. It is not as simple as that. There is a science behind exercising. Therefore, you must always do your workouts under proper guidance.
A very common mistake many midlife beginners commit is that they overdo things. In the enthusiasm of hitting the gym or working out in the open, they tend to over-react to the situation. By hitting the mat too hard and/or too often you are exposing yourself to the risk of injuries or burnout.
Finally, the most basic error people fall into is that they cannot time to perfection beginning their exercises. No matter how old you are, it is never too late to start. Too much of a sedentary lifestyle can lead to heart disorders or other similar issues. Even if you have never moved your body enough at a younger age, do not think you are late. There is never a right age to make a start.