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17 Myths You Shouldn’t Believe About Fitness After 50

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I haven’t exercised my whole lifeit’s too late to start

The one thing to remember is that you’re never too old to start exercising. “There is no expiration date on our body’s ability to benefit from physical activity,” says Alice Bell, PT, DPT, aBoard-Certified Clinical Specialist in Geriatric Physical Therapy, andAmerican Physical Therapy Association spokeswoman. “Studies show that individuals who adopt an active lifestyle at any age can demonstrate improvements in strength, endurance, balance, and cognitive performance.”

I shouldn’t run anymore

A sedentary person shouldn’t attempt a marathon overnightor even a 5K. But regular runners don’t have to stop just because they’re getting older. Running is fantastic for cardiovascular health and mental clarity. “People say that running is too hard on your joints and should be avoided, particularly as you age; however, there are many people who run well into their older age and continue to see benefit without issues,” says Chad McCann, DPT, CSCS. “While the choice to run should be individual, there is little indication that running leads to arthritis or joint damage. Some people can continue to run successfully as they age, although their distances and intensity may change to promote health.” (Before lacing up your shoes, make sure to check out these common running mistakes.)

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