Running in Your 50s: Tips for Staying Active and Healthy

Our MD James is now in his mid 50’s and like many of us does his best to keep fit - but it does get harder as we get older… Here are his tips…

As we age, our bodies change, and running can become a little more challenging. However, with the right approach, you can still enjoy the many benefits of this popular exercise in your 50s. Here are some tips to help you get started.

  1. Start slow: If you haven’t run in a while, or if you’re new to the sport, it’s important to start slow. Gradually build up your endurance and distance over time to avoid injury.

  2. Warm up properly: Before you start running, take the time to warm up properly. This can include light stretching, a slow jog, or walking. A proper warm-up will help you avoid injury and increase your performance.

  3. Wear proper shoes: Investing in a good pair of running shoes is key to preventing injury. Look for shoes that fit well, provide adequate support, and offer cushioning for your feet.

  4. Listen to your body: If you feel pain or discomfort while running, it’s important to stop and rest. If you experience persistent pain, it may be time to see a doctor or physical therapist.

  5. Incorporate cross-training: Running can put a lot of stress on your joints, so it’s important to incorporate cross-training into your routine. This can include activities such as cycling, swimming, or strength training.

  6. Stay hydrated: Make sure to drink plenty of water before, during, and after your run. Staying hydrated is key to maintaining your energy levels and avoiding dehydration.

  7. Set achievable goals: Whether you want to run a certain distance, or simply maintain your current fitness level, it’s important to set achievable goals. This will help you stay motivated and on track.

  8. Don’t get cold - wear the right layers, and of course your favourite eGLOVES! I’m loving my blue ones at the moment! Running Glove page

In conclusion, running in your 50s can be a great way to stay active and healthy. By following these tips, you can ensure that you enjoy the many benefits of running for years to come.