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.
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.
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.
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.