50 Plus Fierce: 3 Training Tips for Mature Runners and Walkers

The benefits of an active lifestyle have been well-documented. Our bodies may change as we age, but being 50+ doesn’t mean we have to back down from health and fitness goals. If you’re50 plus aged runners at Lakeshore Park training for an event in the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon, here are three simple tips to remember:

  1. Smart training
  2. Cross training
  3. Complete training

50+ Smart Training

Check with your doctor before starting a new exercise program. If you have ongoing aches and pains, it’s a great idea to get an evaluation from a physical therapist. Allow time before and after training to gently warm up and cool down those muscles.

50+ Cross Training

The best exercise involves all the muscle groups. Don’t just run or walk. Expand your horizons and try new and different ways to get in shape that empower the whole body. Go off road with your training and take it to the pool, the tennis courts or a hiking trail.

50+ Complete Training

When you’re 50+, it’s important to take time to improve balance and flexibility. An easy example – stand on one foot while your brushing your teeth in the morning, switching between your right foot and left foot. Wind down at night with some stretches before you go to bed. Want more? Check into yoga or yoga-based fitness classes like the ones offered at Fort Sanders Health and Fitness Center.

Each year, Covenant Health assembles a team of individuals from all walks of life to train together for events in the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon. The team members also serve as ambassadors for health and fitness. Join them in the race to personal victory.

See also: Coach Missy Kane talks about 50+ marathon training during an appearance on WBIR.