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Fitness Over 50: Five exercises to add to your routine

As they old saying goes, it’s not your age that matters but how you feel! That said, health and wellness become even more important once you approach your 50s, and with the kids out of the house, you finally have the time to focus on you.

These are the top 5 exercises to help you amp up your fitness game. As with any exercise program, it’s important to consult with your physician before you begin to ensure these moves are right for you.

Squats
Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, and your feet pointed either straight ahead or slightly turned out. With a straight back, squat down as far as you can without losing your balance, sticking your bottom out. Pause for a second and lift until you’re in a standing position. Aim to complete 20 reps.
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Lunges
With your chin up, shoulders back, and a straight back, engage your abs. Step forward with one leg, lowering your body until your knees are both bent at a 90-degree angle, and your front knee is over your shoe. Your back knee will be pointing down, and you will be on your back toe. Push back up to the starting position. Aim to complete 10 reps per leg.
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Plank
In the push up position, rest your forearms on the ground. Squeeze abs and glutes. Hold that position. Gradually increase your time.

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Side Plank
Start on your side with your feet together and one forearm directly below your shoulder. Contract your core and raise your hips until your body is in a straight line from head to feet. Hold the position without letting your hips drop. Hold for as long as you can then switch to the other side.
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Basic Ab
Lie on your back with your feet on the floor and your knees bent so that there’s a 90-degree angle at the back of your knees. Place your hands on your thighs with your upper body relaxed. On an exhale, slowly roll your chin towards your chest and lift up until your shoulders lift off the floor. Your hands will slide upward toward your knees. Continue lifting up until your shoulders are completely off the floor or your fingertips reach your knees. Pause at the top for 2 seconds, then slowly lower back down to the starting position. That’s one repetition. Aim to complete 20 to 30 reps.
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What are your favorite workout moves? Share in the comments below.

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