Something happens to our bodies as we enter midlife. No matter if you have been a health nut or exercise fanatic your whole life, or tend toward the couch potato syndrome, or anywhere in between….. some changes seem to be inevitable. Our body feels stiffer when the weather changes, the fingers get a little tighter and harder to move, the joints get creakier and our energy level can tend to drop. Get a group of “50+ers” in a room and we can go on and on about those body changes that keep on showing up!
So what is normal aging stuff and what can we do to mitigate some of these aging nuisances? In my 10+ years of teaching to the 50+ community, here are the 4 most common issues I see:
- Arthritis – mostly osteoarthritis in the fingers, knees and hips
- Balance Challenges – our reaction time decreases and we feel wobbly sometimes
- Shoulder Pain – overdoing this joint is so very common, and it takes so long to heal!
- Low Back Pain – lack of movement and/or over-strain can create chronic tension in this area