But, that doesn’t mean you have to stop – and even if you’ve never run before, it’s still feasible to start.
The key is to be realistic via accurate knowledge. First, it’s true, as we all know, that physical functions diminish as we age.
However, staying inactive can actually contribute to the above. That’s the best reason for continuing, and for getting active at any age. Just remember:
Recovery from injury will take longer as you get older – so the goal is to avoid it. Our Ottawa physiotherapists and other sports medicine specialists can help you set goals that are realistic for your age and lifestyle. If you are truly starting from scratch, and it's been years since you've been physically active on a regular basis, you should think about a full physical before you begin.
As you age, you'll lose:
Above all, be realistic. You won't pick it up the way you would have in your 20s and 30s. Learn to listen to your body, and pay attention to unusual pain and discomfort. Take whatever down time you need.
Consider your starting fitness level. Would it be more appropriate to start with brisk walking, moving up to running as your endurance increases? You'll be using the same muscles and structures, just at a gentler pace.
The importance of good footwear can't be over-emphasized. Get a professional to fit you, and take your biomechanics in mind. Your shoe needs to fit as you run, from heel to toe, and allow you to move comfortably.
Starting from nothing or continuing, there are other activities and training you can use to optimize your results.
Be sure to eat properly. One of our Ottawa Registered Sports Dietitians can advise you on the best diet for your needs.
If you have any concerns or need advice about exercise or activity, don’t hesitate to contact one of our Ottawa physiotherapy, chiropractic and sports medicine clinics today for a consultation.