These Are the Most Dangerous Exercises You Can Do If You’re Over 50

They say that age is just a number. But when it comes to exercise, age can say a lot about what you can and can’t do. Sure, someone may be in peak physical condition well into their 50s. That being said, there are certain workouts that carry a greater chance of injury, and other health issues.

These are the most dangerous exercises you can do if you are over 50.

Crunches

A group of people do crunches on mats.

You may think you know how to do the perfect crunch, but you might be wrong. | JackF/iStock/Getty Images

Crunches are already one of the toughest exercises out there. (It’s so easy to do them wrong!) To make matters worse, they become more of a health hazard as you get older. The more you age, the more you lose mobility in your spine, so the curling motion of a crunch will put stress on your neck and back — and can cause some serious issues like pinched nerves and muscle pain.

Switch up your ab routine and try planks instead. It will save the strain on your spine.

Next: Boy, you’re (not) gonna carry that weight.

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