What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger
There comes a time when your body is telling you it’s time to ease up. Age and injuries might not let you run as far or bike as fast as you once did.
But that doesn’t mean it’s time to pull the plug on exercise. Here’s how you can keep going:
- Recognize your new recovery time. Whereas a sprained ankle might once have been
as good as new after a few days of rest, as you get older, you realize that healing might
take longer. Returning too quickly from an injury could make things worse, so
don’t push yourself.
- Take more time to warm up. Your body may need more time to prepare itself for
cardiovascular and strength training exercises. Increase your warm-up time and
gradually increase the intensity of your warm-up exercises until your body feels ready
for more strenuous exercise.
- Focus on flexibility. The more flexible you are, the more capable your body is of
absorbing shock, including the shock that results from repetitive activities. Stretch
your muscles before and after a workout. In addition, activities such as yoga can work
wonders on improving flexibility.
- Don’t stop strength training. Your body gradually loses muscle mass as it ages, and
that loss puts your joints under greater stress during exercise. That stress can put
you at greater risk for arthritis, tendinitis and ligament sprains.