Exercises that hurt your body too much after 50

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Barbell Deadlifts

When you squat with a barbell, you work your hips, quads, hamstrings, and lower back.

As you get older, your joints and bones get weaker, which can make the barbell squat hard on your lower back.

Barbell Back Squats

Back squats and deadlifts with a barbell might be too hard for people over 50.

Your back and joints can be hurt by barbells. Goblet squats or weighted squats can work the leg muscles without putting stress on the lower back.

Barbell Bench Press

Character muscle & Conditioning says that the barbell bench press works the shoulders, chest, and biceps. Because of this, it is a popular exercise for building muscle.

Because they are so heavy, barbells can hurt your shoulders and knees. Instead of bench press, try weight chest press, push-ups, or cable chest fly.

Dumbbell Arnold Press

The Arnold press is a great way to work out your shoulders and upper back. Unfortunately, dumbbells can hurt your shoulders and make you more likely to get hurt.

You can work your shoulders without hurting your joints by doing sitting shoulder presses or side pulls.

Box Jumps

Box jumps are a great way to work out hard. The landing may be too hard on your knees. Instead of box jumps, you can do step-ups or squats.


Another high-intensity workout that can hurt your knees and joints is sprinting. Instead, walk or cycle quickly to get your heart rate up.

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