Staying fit and active is one of the best gifts you can give to yourself after 50. Ever heard the expression “If you don’t use it, you lose it”? Well, unfortunately, it’s true! Strength training and light cardio keeps your body ready for action and will help slow down the ageing process. 50 is the new 40 after all…
Elliptical machines are a great option for women over 50 because of their easy natural movement which even the least coordinated people can do! It’s suitable for all fitness levels as the intensity level is completely up to the person using it.
Adding an elliptical to a home gym makes working out easy and convenient, especially as the latest elliptical machines are designed to be sleek and compact. There’s no need to join a crowded gym when you could get an effective elliptical workout from your home.
Women over 50 shouldn’t shy away from exercise. It’s time to embrace feeling fit at 50 with an at-home elliptical workout.
It’s recommended to do three 30 minute aerobic workouts per week to maintain a decent level of cardiovascular health. As we all know, heart health is linked to living longer due to reduced risks of heart failure or stroke. Both of these conditions are prevalent in the 50 plus demographic but are largely preventable through lifestyle changes, making healthy meal choices and doing cardiovascular exercise are the most effective.
For the most effective fat-busting cardio workouts, try interval training. Interval training means working out at different levels of intensity for measured amounts of time. For instance after warming up on the elliptical, pump your arms and legs as fast as you can for 30 seconds, then take it down to a moderate speed for 1 minute to recover. Repeat the process for 20 – 40 minutes for best results. This kind of elliptical workout burns more calories than a typical slow and steady workout and also induces the all-important ‘afterburn’ effect.
If you suffer from arthritis or joint pain like many women over 50 do, an elliptical workout could be the perfect way to work out without putting unnecessary stress on the joints. An elliptical machine has a lower impact than a treadmill, whilst simulating the jogging or walking motion, giving the same health benefits. Elliptical machines offer a full body workout with handlebars that work your chest, back, biceps and triceps as well as the lower body. Take the opportunity to stretch properly after each workout whilst the muscles are warm as this can also help with joint care as you get older.
It’s a simple fact that exercise can be boring. Doing a monotonous movement, often for up to an hour at a time can be dull. However, a short 30 minute stint on an elliptical machine can burn up to 345 calories so it’s well worth putting in the time investment. Think of it as a time to indulge yourself, play your favorite music, catch up on TV shows, and take some time to reflect. Exercise is great for physical and mental well-being because it releases feel-good endorphins into the body.