Whether you've already turned 50 or are on your way, there are some important challenges and rewards that come with staying fit after this milestone. As a 55-year-old competitive tennis player and Pilates fanatic, I'm familiar with longer recovery times, muscles that rebel, and more than my share of injuries. When I turned 40, my tennis friends got me a basket filled with first-aid supplies: ice packs, ointments, bandages, and pain relievers. Little did I know that I'd actually use all those items over the next decade!
My regular exercise routine of playing and competing at tennis wasn't going to cut it as I got older. I started to notice that running hard for a ball felt precarious, and I was plagued with strains and sprains. I learned the hard way that staying fit required more focus and creativity as I got older. The good news is that reaping the benefits of fitness over 50 is well worth the effort.