A Fit 40 Year Old
Many people feel defeated
by their 40th birthday. The feeling that acquiring a healthy fitness
level is no longer attainable. Truth is : It is never to late. You can
improve or maintain your fitness at any stage of your life. In todays
fast paced world, people are finding it harder and harder to maintain a
healthy body weight. Between busy work schedules and hectic family
commitments exercise and healthy food consumption are often over
looked. The difficultly becomes motivation and creating the time to
exercise in between a busy home and work life schedule.
Middle Age Fitness Plans Do Not Have To Be
does not have to be work ( even though it is called a workout
) the trick is to find ways to increase your level of activity in a
manner that you enjoy. Whether you choose to ride a bicycle,
rollerblade, jog, yoga, pilates, cross country ski, go to the gym or
join a boot camp the key is to create motivation by increasing your
level of enthusiasm towards your chosen activity. Whatever you do, do
not let age slow you down. An over 40 fitness program will help you
stay fit and healthy regardless of your physical age. Start by taking a
good look at your daily food consumption. Insure that your daily eating
plan is packed full of nutrient-dense food, like lean protein, fruits
and vegetables and low-fat dairy and whole grains. Stay well hydrated,
drink lots of water throughout the day. Try to avoid coffee and soft
Do not set yourself up for failure just because you have reached that
40 year milestone. Your fitness program should be based more on your
goals and fitness level than on how old you are. Studies have shown
that aging people respond very favorably to both strength training and
aerobic exercise. If you are new to exercise or just returning to your
previous fitness regime be sure to set your goals accordingly.
How Do I Start My Middle Age
One : You must determine what your current fitness level is.
Cardiovascular fitness, muscular strength and endurance, flexibility
and body composition all need to be evaluated.
Step Two : Set some goals. What is it you wish to accomplish. Whether
you are running a marathon, triathalon or just wish to make a healthy
lifestyle change. Setting some realistic goals is important. If you
accomplish your goals easily, you can always adjust accordingly.
Step Three : Alocate specific time for training, stick to your
scheduled exercise time, your fitness must be earned and will not come
overnight. You must be engage in physical activity on a consistent
basis to reach your goals and to see the benefits of your hard work.
Step Four : Remember these key points as you begin to pursue your
Build gradually, start slowly, do not over do it, do not over exert
yourself too quickly. Slowly and gradually progress from your existing
Warm up before you exercise, this will mentally prepare you and
stimulate blood flow to your muscles, stretching before your workout
will also promote flexibility, range of motion, prevent inury and
potentially decrease recovery time.
Stretch after your workout, this is equally as important as your warm
up. Once again you are promoting blood flow to your muscles,
flexibility and reducing your chance of injury.
As you get older the body takes longer to recover from exercise, be
sure to give your body adequit time to rest and recover.
Switch up your training exercises, do not do the same exercise regime
over and over. Your body will adapt to consistent training done in the
same manner constantly. Switch it up so your body to does not become
complacent with your exercises, complacency will impair your progress
and minimize your results.
activity you engage in make sure you have “ Have Fun
“. Exercise will feel less like work if you are having fun.
Motivation is easier to find if enjoy your choosen activities. Finding
time to exercise becomes a greater priority if you enjoy your activity.
Focus on the exercise you are performing, feel the muscle work.
Concentrate on good form and proper technique. Poor technique will
hamper you progress and possibly result in injury. If you are unable to
train with good technique you must decrease your intensity or load and
correct your technique before stepping it up again.