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If you are nearing or have reached the age of 40, you may be wondering whether you should make changes to your fitness and nutrition routines. You’re on the right track if this thought has ever crossed your mind. Several celebrities and popular figures have proved that your 40s can be the when you’re in the best shape of your life. There are a variety of strategies to keep fit when you’re past the age of 50, whether you want to maintain your current weight or reap the health benefits.

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Below are some of these strategies:

Challenge Yourself 

In the past, exercise was seen as a waste of time for the middle-aged. Now it has become apparent that exercise is good for everyone irrespective of their age. There has been a significant shift in terms of how we view age, access to healthcare and wellness options and products, and even how we view societal standards, the game has shifted. As long as you’re healthy, you can attempt new things, move beyond your comfort zone, and learn more about your body.

Do Strength Training

It is important to always train your muscles if you want your bones to stay strong and healthy. As you get older, you lose muscle mass, making your bones more vulnerable. You can counteract this change by developing or at least maintaining) your muscle mass with strength training exercises. These exercises can include squats, wall pushups, lying hip bridges, and toe stands among others. 

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Aim For Flexibility

Flexibility exercises are crucial when we age because our muscles and connective tissues become stiffer. Keeping your muscles flexible and supple will help you avoid injuries and improve your range of motion during workouts. Make stretching and flexibility practice, such as yoga, a regular part of your fitness routine. Also, sitting throughout the day makes muscles stiff so it is vital to include stretching in your exercise regime.

Keep Your Exercises Social 

While a social fitness group may not have any effect on your flexibility or fitness level, it can serve as a source of motivation and leisure while exercising. The happiness that results from socialising will make you more inclined to take your exercises more seriously. Exercising with a friend can help hold you accountable, ensuring that you stick to your fitness routine.

Be Active Every Day Of The Week

It’s common to leave physical activity for only weekends due to the busy nature of modern life, but it is especially crucial to be active during the week as you enter your 40s. Not only can this boost your health and fitness level but it can also prevent the injury that could arise as a result of piling up your weekends with exercises and being sedentary during the week.

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This article was first published on 10th March 2022


My name is Samuel Okoruwa. I am an ardent researcher, reading is life and writing is fun.

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