“Better late than never”. This saying is perfectly in line with the idea of doing physical activity.
We often hear that, if you are 50 or older, it is too late to start a fitness program, or to simply playing sports more often. However, this mindset may hinder you from enjoying the many benefits of physical activity.
This is why the Genacol team wanted to address the benefits of sport not only for physical health, but also for mental health, especially in those 50 years and older.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation recommends that you do 150 minutes of high-intensity physical activity every week. This is equivalent to, for example, five weekly sessions of 30 minutes.
It is important to note that the number of minutes can be broken down into smaller segments of, for example, 15 10-minute segments spread throughout the week. In other words, you are not required to do physical activity for long periods to feel the benefits of doing sports regularly. Indeed, you must first find activities that you like and that motivate you to practise them. Moreover, there are important factors to take into account, such as your schedule, resources (monetary or equipment), as well as your health condition.
This belief persists because of recommendations made in the past. However, it is no longer relevant today. In fact, the American College of Sports Medicine has reviewed its recommendations for practising sports for people 50 and up to encourage as many people as possible to incorporate this good habit into their lives.
Nowadays, people who are in good health do not need to obtain medical clearance from a doctor to start a fitness program or play a new sport. However, if you have cardiovascular disease, lung disease, or metabolic disease, you should see a doctor to make sure it is safe for you to exercise on a regular basis. We should also mention that, if you want to get started in a sport that you have never tried before, it might be a good idea to take a course or to turn to a qualified trainer for guidance.
We could easily devote pages and pages on the benefits of regular physical activity. Instead, we have chosen to look at the benefits in conjunction with the three main goals for people 50 years or older, which clearly show the importance of being physically active.
Are you looking to maintain your health and autonomy as long as possible as you age? Then don’t underestimate the importance of performing physical activity on a regular basis. Many aspects related to your physical and mental health will thank you!