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Fitness after 40!

November 10, 2016

Aging takes a toll on your body in many ways. For instance, your joints become more fragile, skin loses elasticity, knees become saggy, hormonal levels fluctuate, and the body’s metabolism slows down. These changes make it daunting for anyone over 40 to keep fit. But, have not fear. It is possible to stay fit as you age with these simple tips.
1. Preserving muscle mass
One of the greatest challenges in keeping fit as you age is maintaining muscle mass. Unfortunately, loss of muscle mass is common as you age, and increases dramatically after 40. For this reason, replacing lost muscle should be a major goal in keeping fit. To achieve this, you should focus on an exercise routine that includes aerobics, stretching, and strength training. This will also help you to restore your body’s metabolism and improve cardiovascular endurance. Remember, your joints are more prone to injury at this age, so practice moderation.
2. Understanding your type of body
Your body type determines the kind of exercise and diet that you require in order to build muscle or lose fat effectively. It also determines how long it would take to achieve your fitness goals. You should consult a personal trainer to help you identify your body type and subsequently develop a fitness routine that is best suited to your needs. A mix of exercises and routines ensures muscle confusion targeting different parts of your body.
3. Get sufficient rest
Resting ensures that your body recovers from the wear and tear resulting from your exercise routine, thus preventing soreness of muscles. You should, therefore, take a break between workouts in order to get sufficient rest.
4. Avoiding Injury
Aging means that any injury to your body will take more time to heal – not like in your youthful years. Unfortunately, after 40, your bones are more brittle and joints a bit wobbly- making you more susceptible to injury. As such, you should take care to avoid injury during exercise. Therefore, moderation is essential – begin with low-impact exercises and gradually increase the intensity. It is also important to include lots of stretches before, after, and in-between your workouts. Stretches warm up your muscles before starting your workouts, as well as help muscles to relax after an intense workout.
Keeping fit as you age may be challenging, but is still essential in ensuring your physical and mental well-being. Exercising will enable you lose unwanted fat and preserve muscle mass.
And it also helps you feel GREAT! 

2 Comments leave one →
  1. November 10, 2016 2:40 pm

    I 10000% concur!!

  2. Candice permalink
    November 13, 2016 3:32 pm

    Welcome back! yep very much truth. But question: How well do personal trainers know your body type to be able to recommend the appropriate plan that works for your type vs. most tend to push the plans and ideas of what methods they train or use most frequently? does that make sense… Or maybe better question is how can we find the right type of personal trainer that would know these things..because I find so far that they all push different things depending on what has worked for them. I can share examples of 3 different situations I have run into.. but ultimately thru trial and error I finally found the one trainer and practice/plan that is working for me or finally getting me the results I desire. It truly is lifestyle. but maybe something we can discuss further one day. Blessings!!

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