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 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.
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