There’s no escaping the fact that our bodies change as we age. When you’re young it’s all about pushing your body as hard as you can. When you get a bit older you can still push yourself but sometimes it’s more about listening to your body.
As a professional athlete I’ve worked my body pretty hard over the years. Now I’ve retired from international rugby I still work out and stay fit, but I can’t do what I used to do – so it’s about finding a balance.
Whether you’re just starting a workout routine or you’ve been active for years, knowing the best exercises for men over 50 can keep you on track and help you reach your health goals faster.
Doing a full-body workout two to three times a week is an effective way to slow down the aging process and maintain muscle mass. Combine this with a brisk walk or a gentle run once or twice a week and you’ll have all your bases covered.
When building a routine, include exercises for each of the major muscle groups – legs, glutes, chest, back, shoulders and core muscles. Here’s a good place to start: