Tips to Maintain Lifelong Mobility: A Guide for Women Over 50

Tips to Maintain Lifelong Mobility

As women get older than 50, mobility is more important than ever for maintaining their independence, making sure they have a good quality of life, and improving their overall health. 

As a woman over 50, take a moment to think about how your spine and joints feel when you wake up. Do not worry if stiffness is something you are used to. The good news? You can improve your mobility, and the first step is to make a commitment to becoming more flexible.

Mobility is the dance that keeps us moving gracefully through life’s big orchestra. Imagine waking up every day with joints that move smoothly, a spine that is not stiff, and a sense of health that comes through in every step you take. 

Being able to move around easily becomes more important as we age. Our bodies need a little extra care, from the simple pleasures of chasing after grandchildren to the more complex challenges of staying flexible. And do not worry—we are not trying to make something new. We are just making our own engines run better.

That’s why I’m sharing some tips to maintain lifelong mobility as a woman over 50.

As women gracefully reach age 50 and beyond, the quest to keep their mobility at its best becomes a very important journey.

It is important to understand the scientific details that lead to the gradual loss of mobility with age in order to get around this path successfully. 

1. Muscular changes

As people get older, they lose muscle mass more quickly. This is called sarcopenia. Both the number and size of muscle fibers decrease, which makes muscles weaker.

2. Connective tissue stiffness

The aging process affects tendons and ligaments, robbing them of their once-elastic nature. As a result, joints become stiffer and less flexible, which makes it much harder to move and keep your balance.

3. Bone density reduction

Osteoporosis makes bones less dense and strong. It is more common after menopause because of changes in hormones. This makes us more fragile, which raises the risk of breaking bones and makes it even harder to move around.

4. Neurological changes

As we age, our nerves change how they work and how they are built, which can affect our coordination and balance, which are important for staying mobile.

5. Circulatory changes

As we age, our circulatory systems become less efficient, which makes us less able to handle physical stress. This directly affects the ability to do long-term physical activities, which makes things even more difficult when it comes to mobility.

The Menopause and Mobility Connection

One important factor in the story of women over 50’s mobility is menopause. 

During this phase, hormones change in ways that can have a big effect on bone density, muscle mass, and joint health. 

The loss of estrogen is especially linked to weaker bones, which raises the risk of osteoporosis. 

Menopausal women may also experience joint pain and stiffness, making regular movement difficult but necessary.

READ ALSO: 8 Ways to Prevent Bone Loss During and After Menopause

The Role of Fascia in Mobility in Women Over 50

The role of fascia is often overlooked in mobility research. Every muscle, bone, nerve, and organ is wrapped in this dense connective tissue. 

Due to age or inactivity, fascia can dehydrate, causing ‘frozen fascia.’ It causes pain, restricts movement, and reduces mobility. 

Regular exercise, stretching, and hydration maintain fascial health. 

Myofascial release techniques and activities like yoga can help keep the fascia flexible, which improves overall mobility.

The Ripple Effect Of Reduced Mobility in Women Over 50

The effects of having less mobility go beyond the physical world and have an effect on many areas of life. 

Losing your independence, being more likely to fall, and mental health problems like depression and anxiety can all make it harder to move around. 

This can lead to less activity, which makes it even harder to move around.

How to Get Better Mobility Over 50

Tips to Maintain Lifelong Mobility: A Guide for Women Over 50

Regular Exercise

Do strength training, flexibility exercises, and balance workouts to make your mobility a lot better. Our Fabulous50s 14-day Glow Up Fitness course includes strength training, low-impact cardio, lifelong mobility, and balance exercises, all of which are recommended by the CDC for older adults.

If you are over 50, at least one of your workouts each week should be about mobility. You can get started with our latest mobility workout video on my YouTube channel.

Flexibility Training

Exercises like yoga and Pilates can help your joints become more flexible and less stiff. There are several flexibility workout routines for women over 50 on my YouTube channel.

Cardiovascular Activities

Walking, swimming, or cycling not only contribute to heart health but also foster enhanced stamina, thereby contributing to overall mobility. Check out some cardio workout routines here

How Often Should You Do Mobility Exercise?

Consistency is very important. According to the World Health Organization, you should try to do at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity or 75 minutes of vigorous activity each week.

On top of that, you should do muscle-strengthening activities at least twice a week.

READ ALSO: How Often Should Women Over 50 Work Out?

Nutrition for Mobility: Foods That Support Lifelong Mobility

Calcium and Vitamin D

It’s essential for bone health; sources include dairy products, leafy greens, and fortified foods. Sun exposure aids in vitamin D synthesis.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids are found in fish, flaxseeds, and walnuts; these possess anti-inflammatory properties beneficial for joint health.

Protein

Protein is vital for muscle maintenance; sources include lean meats, beans, and legumes in your diet.

Antioxidant-Rich Foods

Fruits and vegetables are abundant in antioxidants, and they combat inflammation.

Hydration

Adequate water intake is crucial for joint lubrication; ensure you stay hydrated throughout the day.

Lifelong Mobility Supplements For Women Over 50

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Supplements like glucosamine, chondroitin, and essential vitamins play a supportive role in maintaining joint and bone health.

Vitamin D

It’s essential for calcium absorption and bone health. The recommended daily dose is about 4,000 IUs for adults.

Magnesium

Magnesium activates vitamin D and aids bone-building enzymes. Opt for highly bioavailable magnesium citrate, with a recommended daily limit of 350 milligrams. Have you tried the Ease Magnesium Spray? It can help reduce swelling, loosen up stiff joints, and make them easier to move.

Zinc

Zinc helps make cells that build bones and stops bones from breaking down too quickly. It is found in seafood and seeds, and you can take 5 to 50 milligrams of it every day as a supplement.

Vitamin K2

Together with vitamin D, vitamin K2 makes it easier for calcium to move into bones. A balanced intake is what you should aim for.

Together, a healthy diet and regular exercise, along with these supplements, make a big difference in keeping and improving bone, muscle, and tissue health. But you should always talk to a doctor or nurse before starting a new supplement plan. 

READ ALSO: The 2 Anti-Aging Supplements Every Woman Needs

Daily Mobility Exercises and Activities To Try

Combining easy mobility exercises with daily activities improves the function of muscles and joints:

  • Gardening: Involves bending, stretching, and squatting while tending to plants.
  • Walking the Dog: A gentle way to maintain cardiovascular health and joint mobility.
  • Dancing: A fun activity that improves balance and flexibility.
  • Stair Climbing: Strengthens leg muscles and improves joint mobility.
  • Carrying Groceries: Builds strength in arms and shoulders.
  • Yoga or Stretching: Enhances flexibility and balance.
  • Playing with Grandchildren: Engages various muscle groups and enhances flexibility.
  • House Cleaning: Activities like vacuuming and dusting involve multiple muscle groups.
  • Swimming: Low-impact exercise improves overall mobility.
  • Cycling: An excellent way to build leg strength and maintain joint health.

Mobility Workouts To Add To Your Routine

Closing Thoughts

Women over 50 can keep and improve their mobility by learning about the things that affect it, starting and sticking to a regular exercise routine, and doing lifelong mobility exercises as part of their daily lives. 

This journey is not just about prolonging life; it is also about making the years more meaningful. 

Getting better at moving around is a step toward living a fuller, more independent life.

Ready to reclaim and maintain that lifelong mobility? Try some of my mobility workout routines to get started. 

Let’s do this! 💪🌟

Stay active, stay healthy, and keep moving! 

♡ Love ♡,

Schellea


References:

This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. Always consult with a healthcare provider for personalized advice.

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Schellea Fowler

Schellea Fowler

Schellea Fowler, founder of Fabulous50s, has amassed over three decades of excellence in small business leadership and expertise. Beyond her personal achievements, Schellea’s legacy is enriched by her role as a mentor, guiding emerging entrepreneurs with best practices from her experience. Post-2016, (after retiring at 50) her commitment to growth led her to further qualifications, all while maintaining her vision to empower and inspire women to feel excited about the stage of life they are in, and to and embrace and celebrate the aging process.

Recently, Schellea decided to expand her knowledge base. She’s currently immersed in the Clean Health Master Personal Trainer program.

Her additional qualifications include: Fashion Styling from the Australian Style Institute, Advanced Personal Colour Analysis from AOPI,  and Meditation Teacher Training from Yoga Coach.

Above all, Schellea’s mission is simple yet profound: to support women in embracing the aging process with confidence and grace.

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Schellea Fowler

Schellea Fowler

Schellea Fowler, the visionary founder of Fabulous50s, brings over three decades of small business leadership and expertise to her legacy. Not only has she excelled personally, but she has also become a mentor, generously sharing her wealth of experience with emerging entrepreneurs.

After retiring at 50 in 2016, Schellea’s commitment to continuous growth led her to pursue additional qualifications. A qualified fitness instructor, she is presently continuing her master trainer program, specializing in exercise for older adults. Through Fabulous50s, Schellea remains devoted to her vision of empowering and inspiring women to embrace and celebrate their current stage of life.

Her additional qualifications include: Fashion Styling from the Australian Style Institute, Advanced Personal Colour Analysis from AOPI,  and Meditation Teacher Training from Yoga Coach.

Above all, Schellea’s mission is simple yet profound: to support women in embracing the aging process with confidence and grace.

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