How To Stay In Shape Well Past Your Forties
Staying in shape once we reach the second-half of our lives isn’t easy. Typing it into Google turns up millions of results, with websites promising the perfect formula if you pay “X” amount of dollars.
Then when it comes to building muscle the aging process has already begun to take a hold or our bodies, with skin losing its elasticity and sagging where it didn’t used to at 18 years old. In addition there’s the increased risk of injury, joint pain and cellulite – oh the joys of getting old!
This is where we turn our attentions to Breaking Muscle, which has some great tips for the mature gym goer:
The Simple Power Of Walking
We become good at the things we do. Is it any wonder that after thirty-plus years of sitting still your body isn’t very good at moving? So the first thing you actually need to do is get away from the computer and get moving.
That’s the first thing you should be worried about at forty or beyond – living a healthy life. I’m not saying don’t sweat, don’t compete, or don’t push yourself. What I am saying is worry about health and fitness first, and put performance further down the list than you might have in your twenties.
Focus On Movement
Once you’ve taken care of the movement portion each day, then worry about the strength and conditioning side. Don’t get it backward. If you focus on strength and conditioning first, you’ll find yourself even stiffer and more immobile than before as your muscles tighten up from all the hard training.
Make sure to check out this post which also outlines four key training priorities – eat well, get moving, gain movement and add strength. Split these into training sessions so you can live long and prosper for the foreseeable future.
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About Matt Lawson Matt Lawson is a UK based sports journalist who covers all the latest football (soccer) news and matches for the Press Association. A keen Newcastle United fan, Matt is usually found either watching or playing the beautiful game.