Getting fit after 40

Jumping back into fitness after a long period of leading a sedentary lifestyle can be a daunting task.  We need to add muscle to places muscle has never been.  Our skin is starting to lose elasticity and folds and wrinkles are all too common.  Elbow, knee, and shoulder joints are far more susceptible to injury.  Cellulite is no longer reserved to just the thighs.  It’s a sad and sorry state of affairs.  That being said, if you are making the decision to get in shape, you are making the best possible decision of your life.  Many studies have looked at the benefit of health and fitness to Baby Boomers.

Studies show that exercise helps maintain balance, flexibility, strength, and endurance.  This is in addition to the heart benefits of regular workouts with medium intensity.  These heart benefits greatly reduce your risk of stroke, high blood pressure, heart disease, heart attacks, and high cholesterol.

Typically, most people gain about 10 pounds per decade after the age of 40.  This often occurs as a result of loss of muscle mass, which is a driving factor in keeping a high and steady metabolism.  As many of you know, the most common reaction to this is to diet, which leads to more muscle loss.  Keeping and adding muscle to your body will result in a higher metabolism and a lower percentage of body fat.  It’s as simple as that.

Focus your goals on eating healthy, doing strength training 2-3 times a week, and incorporating cardio into your routine an additional 2-3 times a week. 

These days, reaching 40 means you’ve hit the midway point in your life.  Don’t you want to live the second half of your life as fit and happy as you lived during your 20’s and 30’s?  Sure, kids, work, and other activities get in the way, but it is up to you to find time.  If you don’t find time for health and fitness now, you better find time for cancer, heart disease, and disability sooner or later.


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