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Getting fit at 50


Whether you blew out the candles on your 50th birthday cake yesterday or a good few years ago, that's no excuse to give up on fitness: A recent study found your body will thank you for exercising regularly no matter how old you are when you start out.

She has almost 40 years' experience working with clients one-on-one and teaching group fitness classes — in fact, you probably recognise her from co-hosting the classic long-running TV show Aerobics Oz Style. Most recently Carroll has lent her expertise to online diet and exercise hub Voome"Getting fit at 50" the 50 Fit and Firing program.

Talking to Coach, she explains how to start getting fit and strong in your fifties and beyond.

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Voome Wendi Carroll Voome. Before you do anything, see your doctor. Everyone should get a check-up before embarking on a new exercise program, but especially overs who've had a long break between workouts or who are new to fitness.

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If you're brimming Getting fit at 50 motivation and keen to jump straight into that new exercise program right nowthat's amazing — but you need to push back against that urge.

That goes double for those of you who were fitness addicts or athletes in earlier decades: Building your cardiovascular fitness — via activities like walking, running, cycling, that sort of thing — is important.

But don't neglect building your strength, which Carroll believes is the No. You might counter that you're not interested in building gigantic muscles, but strength training aka resistance training goes way beyond that. So you want to build strength? Here's how to start resistance training.

Health authorities recommend adults aged up to 65 accumulate minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity a week, or gradually working up to that target if you're starting from zero. But "physical activity" doesn't just mean "structured exercise" — any kind of movement counts, which is great to remember if you're not Getting fit at 50 for workouts. Try different locations and, as you get fitter, add stairs, hills, mountains!

Look for your local walking groups. Weight gain through the ages: What causes you to stack on in your 20s, 30s, 40s or 50s.

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Her personal hobby is salsa dancing, which she says she took up after her husband died. It's also likely to benefit your brain, too: A study of hundreds of people aged plus found regular dancing was the only physical activity linked to a lowered risk of dementia. As a rule, it's the woman in a couple who's Getting fit at 50 some might say nagging her husband to exercise, eat better and get healthier rather than the other way around.

So here's the good news: A recent study suggested that even if only one half of a "Getting fit at 50" tries to lose weight, the "ripple effect" means both of them will. What to do if your husband's overweight and doesn't seem to care. Carroll has a cunning strategy to trick your other half into losing weight: Time to be cruel to be kind and reduce those portion sizes.

Regardless of your age, there's no one "right" exercise program Getting fit at 50 will suit everyone — it depends entirely on you, what you're capable of, and what you enjoy doing. How to train in your fifties. Ultimately, it doesn't matter if you're pumping iron in the gym, doing aerobics classes, walking with friends, or whatever — Carroll believes anything is better than nothing.

Carroll says she had a client who was 89 when he started exercising, riding a stationary bike every morning and even because his wife thought he was getting "a bit slow". We have exercised together for 32 years," Carroll tells Coach.

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About four years ago, Wendy suffered a major bleed on her brain and doctors advised her loved ones to expect the worst — until Wendy "miraculously" woke up three days later. Now, she still trains with Carroll twice and week and hopes to live many more years. How to lengthen your healthspan — not just your lifespan.

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