Do you know the 10 Rules of Health & Fitness After Age 50?
Allow me to shed some light.
Here's what you want (if you're like me):
- live long
- make memories
- be useful
- have fun
- matter to someone or maybe a few special people
- be remembered
Knowing that, here's the health and fitness goals you want to achieve:
- Don't Die Early
- Maintain Independence (strength, energy, mobility, balance, conditioning, etc.). Will you wipe your own ass on your last day? Sorry for the visual, but that's a goal of mine. I don't want to put my kids through watching me slowly die.
- Brain Health. Maintain cognitive ability. Getting dementia is not just bad luck. There is a lot you can do to promote brain health and much of it also promotes cardiovascular health. A two-fer.
So, Here's Rule #1 for Health and Fitness After Age 50
#1 - Lift Heavy Things
Now first, heavy is a relative thing. What I mean is that you need to engage in some form of resistance training (and there are many ways to do this) with enough intensity to break down muscle fiber and increase your strength. Heavy is heavy enough to keep producing muscle growth.
“Strength solves all problems"
A corollary to Rule #1 is Carry Stuff Around.
This is one way to Lift Heavy Things.
Better be able to carry a young child without getting hurt or sucking wind.
One of the better (and very simple) applications of Carry Stuff Around is the Farmer's Walk.
Make these weights. And then carry them around.