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The Best Weight Loss Exercises Over Age 50

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author image Gryphon Adams
Gryphon Adams began publishing in 1985. He contributed to the "San Francisco Chronicle" and "Dark Voices." Adams writes about a variety of topics, including teaching, floral design, landscaping and home furnishings. Adams is a certified health educator and a massage practitioner. He received his Master of Fine Arts at San Francisco State University.
The Best Weight Loss Exercises Over Age 50
Both men and women experience slower metabolism and increased body fat after 50. Photo Credit Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images

After age 50, you have a greater than one in three chance of developing metabolic syndrome, which includes obesity and high blood pressure. Both women and men experience age-related loss of lean tissue, resulting in a slower metabolism and increased body fat. The best weight-loss exercises for people over age 50 help you to maintain and build muscle to improve your metabolism and give you the strength required for healthy aging.

Walking

The Best Weight Loss Exercises Over Age 50
Walking is the most convenient way to lose weight when you're over 50. Photo Credit Comstock Images/Comstock/Getty Images

Walking provides a convenient way to lose weight when you're over age 50. Without any specialized equipment, you can burn calories and reduce stress by walking in your neighborhood or at a park. In hot or cold weather, walking in place, using a treadmill or walking at an indoor mall will help keep your exercise program on track. For weight loss, most people need at least 30 minutes of brisk walking most days of the week.

Lifting Weights

The Best Weight Loss Exercises Over Age 50
Weight lifting not only burns fat but helps increase the ability to perform daily tasks. Photo Credit Indeed/Digital Vision/Getty Images

Using free weights at home provides a convenient way to build strength. Lifting weight when you're over 50 not only helps you burn more fat, it increases your ability to perform daily tasks, such as carrying groceries, climbing stairs and household chores. Lifting weights boosts your metabolism for up to several hours after a work out. Starting with light weights, strength training two to three days a week and stretching afterward will help you lose weight and avoid excessive soreness.

Yoga

The Best Weight Loss Exercises Over Age 50
Yoga is one of the best weight-loss exercise for people over 50. Photo Credit Goodshoot/Goodshoot/Getty Images

Practicing yoga is one of the best weight-loss exercises for people over age 50 because it strengthens your muscles and increases your flexibility. The increased body awareness from practicing yoga can help you eat more mindfully. Stretching and breathing deeply during yoga helps reduce stress hormones that contribute to belly fat -- a common problem for people over age 50. Yoga improves your posture for a more youthful appearance. Yoga helps to improve your balance, reducing your risk of falls.

Vigorous Exercise

The Best Weight Loss Exercises Over Age 50
Hiking helps burn more calories during the time you spend exercising. Photo Credit Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Vigorous exercises such as dancing, basketball, interval training, circuit training, jogging or hiking helps you burn more calories during the time you spend exercising, strengthening your heart and muscles. Exercising at higher intensity is one of the most effective ways to lose weight after age 50, provided your doctor approves. Older people who engage in high intensity activities such as swimming laps or running decrease their heart attack risk.

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