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5 Women share their secrets to keeping Active Over 50

April 21, 2019
5 Women share their secrets to keeping Active Over 50

I love reading how other Women Over 5o view fitness and keeping active and am continually motivated and inspired by them. I believe that our generation is now leading the way in consciously living healthy and active lives, whether still working in their careers or living life to the full in Retirement.

What wonderful role models we are to our children, grandchildren and friends!

This post is no exception as I share 5 Women Over 50 who share a passion for living active lives. Each has a different way of keeping Active Over 50 and I’m delighted to share the ‘secrets’ of these Sizzling Women with you. Don’t forget to pop over and visit them at the blogs.

5 Women share their secrets to keeping Active Over 50

Donna Connolly – Retirement Reflections

Becoming physically (and emotionally) stronger each day

My husband and I are currently preparing to walk our fourth Camino – this time on the Via Francigena — 400 km from Lucca to Rome.

After our last Camino in 2017 (Najera to Camino de Santiago and then on to Muxia and Finisterre), we thought that 700 km would finally get the Camino “out of our systems.” But it’s not that easy.

0.00km to go sign in Finisterre

Being outdoors, hiking, meeting new people from around the world, exploring new places and cultures, becoming physically (and emotionally) stronger each day, quieting the busyness of my brain – what an amazing way to feel fully active and alive.  All of this combines to help unleash the best version of myself.

I am humbled and grateful for the kindness and generosity of so many others who help to make this experience possible. I will keep you posted on how it goes — and the new takeaways discovered!

Nancy Dobbins – Defining Third Age

There is nothing quite like it for nurturing body and soul.

Keeping Fit & Active Over 50

Staying active is so important at any age, but particularly as we grow older.  It’s much easier to keep active and feeling alive when you love what you are doing. I grew up sailing; it’s bred into me I think.  And there is quite a bit of physical and mental activity to it.  Sometimes you don’t even notice you are being physically active, but the simple action of keeping one’s balance continually works your core and other muscles that you didn’t even know you had! When you calculate in the hauling of the anchor or the raising or setting of the sails (even with a winch!) one is constantly exercising.

And then, there is just the pure bliss of being on the water.  It is quiet and beautiful one moment, then exciting and exhilarating the next!  There is nothing quite like the feeling of watching a beautiful sunset across the water and being lulled to sleep by the action of the waves at anchor.  Dan and I have committed to being sailors and boaters as long as we are physically able to do so.  There is nothing quite like it for nurturing body and soul.

Christie Hawkes – So What? Now What?

Nature & Challenge does the trick for me

What is my favorite way to keep active and alive? As I pondered that question, two things immediately came to mind: being out in nature and participating with a group toward a common goal. If I can combine the two, all the better. 

One of the ways I keep active is running. When the weather isn’t conducive to outdoor running, I move inside to an indoor track. It keeps me fit, but not necessarily feeling alive. Once a year, I register for a race of 10K or more. I buy new shoes, download a training plan, and start recording my runs. Suddenly, the running is much more fun. I choose a race that is in the early to mid summer, so that I can train outdoors as much as possible. When I hit the beautiful parkway trail with a goal in mind, I feel alive. On race day, surrounded by runners of all ages and fitness levels, adrenaline flowing, I feel alive. When I cross the finish line, and they drape that medal over my neck, no matter how tired I am or how far back in the pack, I feel alive.

I also love hiking. I am blessed to live in a state where we have easy access to stunning mountains with numerous hiking trails of all levels of difficulty—from those accessible to strollers and wheelchairs to those that require elite levels of training and fitness. I’m embarrassed to admit that until a couple of years ago, I’d only seen a very few of these trails personally. Then the company I work for instituted a wellness program that included a hiking challenge. That was the beginning of a beautiful thing. When I get up early to meet the ladies full of anticipation for experiencing a new trail, I feel alive. When I step out of the car and take in the sites and smells of the mountain, I feel alive. When I navigate the tricky spots and overcome my fears and the physical challenge, I feel alive.

So that seems to do the trick for me—nature and a challenge! 

Samantha Smith – Loving the Fifty Something

Keeping fit is important to me, it always has been. 

Keeping Fit & Active Over 50

I’ve always found it difficult to just sit, I even stand whilst at my computer and kick my legs every now and again.  I’ve found throughout my life that I feel most alive, have more energy and feel happier when I’m exercising regularly.  I think even more so now that I’m over 50 because my body just doesn’t like it when it’s not moving.   I tend to feel a little stiff and less flexible if I haven’t been able to do some form of activity in a day, so a regular daily dose of endorphins is certainly my way of feeling fit, happy and healthy.

My favourite way of keeping active? 

Now that’s a difficult one, because I do so many things which I love, for instance I love to walk with my dogs, I can totally lose track of time walking for hours.  My partner and I try to go mountain biking at least once a week usually for at least 10 miles if not more and we also do a little canoeing, dependent on which stretch of water we’re near. 

We snowboard in the winter which I absolutely love and I also like to jog, (although I do tend to have a few arguments with my knees about this).  We surf too when in Cornwall, which is great fun and I love having my quiet time being lost in my world of Yoga.  I’m always looking for new things to try too, for instance I’m determined to try paddle boarding this summer.  

My favourite?  Honestly, I love them all, as they all get me outdoors, make me feel alive and by enjoying many different forms of activity, well it certainly keeps life interesting.  

Jennifer Jones – Next Phase in Fitness

My number one goal in life is to keep active and fit as this makes me feel healthy and alive.

Fitness and exercise have been my passion for three decades. I find my ways of keeping fit have changed in the past couple of years but I still have that same goal, and even though my methods have changed, I still feel that I’m physically fit and possibly fitter than most people, even those much younger than me.

We need to keep moving. We just do. Moving is the best thing we can do for ourselves as we age. I have friends who in their 60s gave up on moving and now live a sendentary life. When I see them, it’s obvious to me that their health has suffered. They are the ones who tend to have many ailments that are regularly attributed to ageing. But it doesn’t have to be this way.

My large  garden and country property keeps me generally active. There is no shortage of work to do out there, and much of it is very physical. But it feels so great at the end of a hard day in the garden, to come inside and relax knowing that my physical fitness makes it possible to do all the work that is necessary.

As for formal exercise, my five favourite ways to keep fit are:

Gym: My first love is strength training.  I’m sure the strength it has given me is what enables me to be able to do everything else that I do. This includes a full day at work, on my feet all day.

 Walking:  On my busy days I try to walk 5k which takes me about an hour. To add intensity to that hour, I add intervals of fast/slow walking.  We live in a hilly area, so I am also able to add in hills to increase the intensity. My favourite form of walking is long distance, So I regularly walk much longer distances.

Cycling:  I have been a passionate road bike rider for years, and in previous years, rode regularly with a group. These days, although I’m still riding the road bike, I find I’m doing it less, and no longer with the group. I have developed a love for riding the trail bike on the rail trail in our area and on bush tracks nearby.

Swimming: Recently I rediscovered swimming, after a break of about 25 years. I’m now swimming three times each week with the intensity depending on what other fitness activites I’ve been doing at the time. Most sessions will be forty minutes at least of lap swimming and 20 minutes of deep water walking. But some days the pool sessions are recovery sessions, of slower swimming and walking.

I intend to keep exercising into my older age, but am aware that the above program will change as the years go by. As long as we keep moving as we age, we are looking after our health and will reap the benefits many times over.

Well, there are so many fun ways to keep fit and active and these ladies are proof that they are Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond.

What is your secret to keeping active Over 50? I would love you to share your thoughts with me in the comments below.

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33 Comments

  • Reply Jennifer Jones April 21, 2019 at 20:49

    Thanks for inviting me to contribute Sue. I love that so many of us are realising how important it is to stay fit and active as we age.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 22, 2019 at 06:50

      My pleasure, Jen. You are an inspiration to me and I’m always jealous of your home gym! The five of you are fabulous women who are certainly Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond. Have a great week! x

      • Reply Christie Hawkes April 24, 2019 at 07:35

        I too am inspired by Jen and so pleased to be included in a post with such fabulous women! Thanks again Sue and Jen.

        • Reply Sue Loncaric April 28, 2019 at 12:30

          Thanks Christie it was a pleasure having you to share your ways to stay fit and active. xx

  • Reply samfiftysomething April 21, 2019 at 22:59

    Thank you Sue for inviting me also to contribute, you are so inspiring yourself and always introducing us to likeminded over 50’s who are loving their over 50’s 🙂

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 22, 2019 at 06:51

      It is a pleasure to have you Sam as I am always inspired by your healthy and active lifestyle. You ladies rock and are Sizzling for sure! 🙂

  • Reply Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au April 21, 2019 at 23:58

    What a wonderful group of women Sue – and such a testament to the benefits of a healthy lifestyle in Midlife. I love that they all enjoy keeping fit and do it in so many different ways. You can see the joy in their faces in the photos – women loving being fit and fabulous in Midlife – what a perfect thing to read over this Easter break!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 22, 2019 at 06:54

      Hi BBB, yes another 5 fabulous women. I love that so many of us are trying to keep healthy and active and realise the importance to living a more meaningful life. I’ve loved all of my guests this month and am inspired by you all. xx

  • Reply Christie Hawkes April 22, 2019 at 01:43

    Thank you for including me, Sue, among these amazing women. I love your blog and am constantly inspired by it. It’s an honor to be featured. Happy Easter!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 22, 2019 at 06:55

      Hi Christie, I had to have you included because I know that we are like minded when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle. Thank you for your contribution and helping to inspire and motivate others. Have a great week! xx

  • Reply April Munday April 22, 2019 at 03:00

    What a group of inspiring women. I wish I’d started running before I was 59, but I’m enjoying it now.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 22, 2019 at 06:56

      Well done you, April! You started and that is the main thing. I started running at 50 and still going. I love my runs with my friends, we call ourselves The Saturday Sisters. Keep up the running and enjoying it will help you stay motivated. Do you have a fun run you are working towards? x

      • Reply April Munday April 23, 2019 at 01:18

        I do Parkruns when I can. Next year I might aim for a 10k.

        • Reply Sue Loncaric April 24, 2019 at 06:53

          Parkruns are an excellent way to monitor your progress and participate with others. I would love to help you aim for a 10k it is possible you know! Let me know if I can help you? x

  • Reply Joanne Tracey April 22, 2019 at 06:11

    Oh. My! I’m reading this on Easter Monday sitting on my butt knowing I have to get 2000 words written this morning before the rest of the house gets up…and it’s been raining for like ever. But I’m inspired – because as always you’ve brought us inspiring women.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 22, 2019 at 06:58

      I know Jo, we have moved over Easter although I did manage to drive up to Brisbane on Saturday for a run with the Saturday Sisters. The weather on the Coast has been dismal and today has at least some sunshine. After reading the post, I am now motivated again to get out there and do something. I just love all the women that I introduce through the blog. They inspire me, motivate me and just make me feel good that so many of us are living healthy lifestyles and keeping active as we Sizzle past 60! Have a lovely day and hope you get your words written today. xx

  • Reply Kathy @ SMART Living 365.com April 22, 2019 at 06:56

    Great idea Sue! I find it so inspiring to learn about other other women in my age group and be reminded of what we are capable of. As for me, I started walking 2+ miles every day over 30 years ago when I quit smoking and haven’t stopped. It helps that I have a very active dog who insists we do it every day. While I also play pickleball, do yoga, ride my bike AND dance as much as possible, walking is my addiction and I have no doubt has kept me healthy. Yes to movement any way we can. ~Kathy

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 22, 2019 at 07:00

      Hi Kathy, so many inspiring women in our generation and I love to promote them through the blog. You certainly are active too! I love my yoga, running and doing workouts. Some days I need that extra motivation but I always feel great afterwards. Walking is a great addiction so go you! xx

  • Reply Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid April 22, 2019 at 08:46

    Wow, so inspiring! The older I’ve got, the more active I’ve become so I hope this trend continues into my 50s and 60s. Running and walking are two of my favourite ways to get outside and keep active.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 22, 2019 at 08:53

      I’m sure you will continue Sammie it gets into your blood! As you know I love running but I also enjoy yoga and HIIT workouts. These ladies are so inspiring and certainly Sizzling Towards & Beyond 60! Have a great week. xx

  • Reply Kathy Marris April 22, 2019 at 14:36

    What a great motivational post. I was only thinking this morning as I was having coffee after a 20K cycle ride, how many of the active people on bikes or walking were in the over 50s age group. I think most of us like to keep fit and active. I certainly love my walking, yoga and pilates. I would feel disgusting if I wasn’t able to get out in the fresh air and exercise. I think I’m addicted!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 22, 2019 at 14:55

      I’ve been thinking exactly the same, Kathy. I think our generation has taken on board all the health warnings and realised that living healthy and active lifestyle has so many benefits not just physically but mentally and spiritually as well. I’m loving your activity and also working towards the Bloody Long Walk. I’ve run it the last two years but not sure I will be doing it this year. It is great to have a goal to work towards isn’t it? x

  • Reply Debbie April 22, 2019 at 15:25

    Great to read some of my favourite bloggers here Sue! All are great examples of how to stay fit over 50 and the joy on their faces in their words speaks volumes. Thanks so much for sharing their stories. #Lifethisweek

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 22, 2019 at 17:10

      Hi Deb, yes I know some fabulous, Sizzling Women and you are in that group too. I love sharing their stories and getting to know them even more. x

  • Reply Retirement Reflections April 23, 2019 at 00:28

    Hi, Sue – I am sure that I replied to this post yesterday, but I don’t see my comment here I did refresh, honest)! It may still be whirling out in the blogosphere, Or, I simply didn’t press send (that’s always an option)!
    It is a honour to be included in this group of amazing women. I love each of their stories and how they inspire us to pursue our passions full-on at any age!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 24, 2019 at 06:52

      Hi Donna, I’m not sure what happened but thanks for commenting again. You are all inspiring women and I’m honoured to have connected with you. xx

  • Reply Terri Webster Schrandt April 23, 2019 at 07:47

    A great round-up of fab, fit, inspirational ladies, Sue! I “know” Sam and Christie from following their blogs, and know Donna from our meet-up (and she’s a west-coast gal). Nice to meet Jennifer and Nancy!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 24, 2019 at 06:54

      Thanks Terri, over the coming months I would love you to be a guest if you have the time and perhaps you can promote the book you are writing? xx

  • Reply Denyse Whelan April 24, 2019 at 18:19

    Love how you share the inspiration around Sue. What an amazing group of women. I would “love” to say I have that active disposition but alas I do not. I want to walk more and I guess I will but at almost 70 and with a few things hampering me arthritis wise it is good that I do get up and go somewhere each day!!

    Thanks for linking up for #lifethisweek. Next week’s optional prompt: is “1/3 of 2019 is over” and for me, that IS scary. Hope to see you there. Denyse

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 27, 2019 at 04:53

      Thanks Denyse, I try to promote others and there are so many fabulous Over 50 women living life on their terms. You will find what is right for you and even a daily stroll along the beach would be relaxing and healthy at the same time. x

  • Reply Erica/Erika April 27, 2019 at 00:52

    Hi Sue, I am late commenting on this post because I wanted to spend time rereading and absorbing the gems from these special ladies. I, too, am motivated and inspired by these 5 ladies.

    I love Donna’s paragraph, beginning with “Being outdoors….”. It is not an easy task to sum up all the good feelings when describing a healthy lifestyle. I look forward to the new takeaways.

    I love Nancy’s description how being on the water nurtures body and soul.

    I love how Christie describes fitness makes her “feel alive.”

    I like how Samantha used the words, “lost in my world of yoga.” I get it.

    I like how Jennifer describes the concept of “keep moving.”

    Thank you for sharing:) Erica

  • Reply Janis April 29, 2019 at 10:11

    Hi Sue! Staying active is an important part of my life too and I really enjoyed reading about how these inspiring women build fitness into their lives. I consider Donna and her husband Richard friends IRL, and have followed both Sam’s and Christie’s blogs for a while. Nancy and Jennifer are new to me so thanks for the introduction!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 29, 2019 at 14:15

      Hi Janis, I’ve met some truly fabulous women through blogging and I love to promote them whenever I can. I’m meeting Donna and Richard with my husband in September. We will be visiting Vancouver Island on a cruise so are hoping to meet up. She is just lovely. Have a great week, Janis and thanks for stopping by xx

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