The 4 Most Important Exercises You Should Be Doing After 50

By Sheryl Kraft
Reviewed by Daniel Lew, M.D.
May 12, 2023

Even if you’ve always been active, once you reach midlife, exercise takes on a whole new meaning and importance. It’s no longer just about looking good or squeezing into your skinny jeans. Now, more than ever, it’s about maintaining or improving your health, fitness, and strength.

Not only does exercise benefit you today, but it can help prevent serious health conditions tomorrow. According to a recent study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, along with a healthy diet, regular exercise may be the key to lowering your risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes. Indeed, reams of research suggest that exercise can extend your life.

“Lifelong exercisers embrace training with an appreciation of the body’s wisdom and an awareness of its capabilities,” says exercise physiologist Joan Pagano, author of Strength Training Exercises for Women.