How to Get Fit By Jogging (For Women over 50)

I have been alive for over half of a century.  That means I have lived through disco fever, two Bush administrations, and the spectacle of Miley Cyrus twerking.  I have learned many things on all this time on the planet, and I am willing to share my nuggets of wisdom with you.

Today’s nugget is about fitness.  Jogging is a popular and effective way to get fit.  It is free, and anybody can do it, but women over fifty have to take some special precautions before getting started.  Here are my recommendations.

Proper clothing is essential.  Let us begin with the proper foundation.  If you are a woman over 50, your hormones have most likely caused your boobs to double in size.  You have to be careful not to let those puppies bounce too much or else they may knock out what’s left of your teeth. I recommend investing in a sports bra.  This bra should bear not the slightest resemblance to anything worn by a Victoria’s Secret model.  Look instead for a full-coverage model, preferably made of armor.A good fitting bra that supports your puppies properly should not cost you more than $75.00

Something like this is nice because it includes room for your rows of belly fat.

breast armor

Next, it is important to wear proper shorts.  Theoretically, any type of short should work.  In reality, though, unless you suffer from some tropical wasting disease, you need to be wary of the dreaded thigh chafe: aka “chub rub.”  This chafe happens when “thigh meat” meets “thigh meat” and it is not pretty.  You could use Vaseline or baby powder on your thighs to prevent the chub rub.  Some people say Desitin (the baby rash ointment) works well once the chafe occurs.  But I believe in being well-prepared, so I would recommend purchasing some anti-chafing underwear, which looks like something between a diaper and Dominatrix getup.

thigh chafe

With these anti-chafers and your breast armor, you should be able to wear any t-shirt and shorts and be ready to frolic.

Let’s not forget the footwear.  You will, of course, need to spend well over $100 for the proper running shoes.  Many types are available, and they all boast such fancy technology related to air, suspension, and support, that they must have been built by engineers.

Spending $150 for running shoes will not be enough for the woman over 50, though, since she has undoubtedly suffered from plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendinitis, and a capite ad calcem.  Therefore I highly recommend investing in prescription orthotics to insert into your really expensive running shoes.  They are only around $500, but your insurance may pay for them.


 Speaking of injuries, if you have run even once in the past three years, you will probably be suffering from a knee injury.  This is no excuse for staying on the couch!  A decent knee brace should not set you back more than $770, and it might even save your knee.

knee brace

You’ll want to invest in good socks, of course.  Make sure you only buy those that manage your moisture with an unnatural fabric and boast a ventilated top to help your feet breathe.  You should not need to spend more than $15 for a good pair of socks.

When you are putting your socks and shoes on, don’t forget your antibiotic ointment, bandaids and moleskin to protect the blisters you earned from working out once already this year.

Although running with your IPod is not absolutely necessary, I find it helpful to keep my energy up. IPod tablets are engineered for maximum funness, and you don’t want to go out into the world without your maximum funness on, do you?  $300 should be enough to get you started.

You don’t want to have to carry your IPod in your sweaty hand, so make sure you buy an armband for it.  Stick the IPod into the arm band and wear it on your upper-arm.

Oh—before you go out the door, don’t forget your headphones to plug into the Ipod!

Now you are all set!

First, warm up with a slow jog.  If it is a hot summer day, this warm-up will probably be enough to get the sweat dripping into your eyes.  For the rest of the run, your eyes will be burning with sweat and you will be blind.

After a few more minutes, you will notice that your head phones have fallen out of your ears.  As you try to fix the headphones while continuing to jog, blind, you trip over your untied shoe and to flying, face first, into the sidewalk.
After waking up ten minutes later, you find that you are bruised, scratched and broken all over. You probably have a concussion.  Crawl home, blood and sweat dripping from every pore.

Post a status update on Facebook to brag about how good you feel after your run.

You’re done!

Author: DebraB

I am a Professor of English at Concordia University-St. Paul. I have a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My research interests include American literature, contemporary literature, Middle Eastern literature, African literature and feminist theory.

14 thoughts on “How to Get Fit By Jogging (For Women over 50)”

  1. I feel blessed to be female so I can wear capris when I run thus avoiding the sandpaper on inner thigh experience. But a bit of gender equality here – husband gets it and has no Capri option!

  2. Debra, although as a man I do not need all of the undergarments you define, your story is an exemplar of why I walk now. The joints hurt to much to run. Plus, I look less slow when I walk, as my running pace is not much faster. Happy trails, BTG

  3. Thoroughly enjoyed this DebraB, especially as I just wrote a post yesterday about being the first ‘older’ person (at 54) to cross the finish line of a local fun run. Thankfully I’m managing ok and haven’t had too many of the issues you raise happen yet! You made me giggle with your descriptions. 😊

  4. It is true I don’t qualify for the focus of this post on a gender basis but I do in age and I wonder if jogging really is a good way for people to keep fit in shall we say “middle age”*. For women, osteoporosis is especially worrying and it would bother me if my partner was of an age and jogging much. Jogging puts pressure on parts of the body that don’t deserve it, in particular knees. There are plenty of other free ways to keep fit including swimming, cycling, walking – aka “very slow motion jogging” – and sex, and those who can afford it can join a gym. I use a thing called a “stretch tube” (I think) which enables exercise standing up or lying down, even sitting, in the comfort and privacy of one’s own home.

    That chest armour just looks amazing. Is it for real? Or is all this tongue in cheek and not just good-humoured?

    *I qualify for “middle age” by believing I will live to approximately 140.

    1. Steve: This post is meant to be tongue-in-cheek. The breast armor is not really sold as a bra, although there are some sports bras that FEEL like armor. 🙂

  5. My wife is 48. I’m going to tell her to enjoy herself now–two years and she can kiss that marathon crap goodbye. We won’t be able to afford all the gear.

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