Unfortunately for those who are well into their 40’s, having a strenuous physical workout is not really a good idea anymore. Once you reach this age, it is really more difficult for you to keep off the excess pounds – but working out is not as easy as compared to when you were in your 20’s, either. This is because there’s a bigger possibility of your muscles developing micro-tears during a particular physical activity. You are also more susceptible to developing back pains, soreness in your knee joints, or developing a crick in the neck.
As such, it pays if you will heed the following reminders on how you can workout – the smart way – if you are in your 40’s:
1. Start your workout sessions slowly but surely.
This is especially true if you are not used to performing strenuous physical activities when you were still in your 20’s or 30’s. If it’s your first time to go to the gym, for example, do not take on exercises in machines which are only suited for those who are in the intermediate to advanced fitness levels.
Always match the type of exercises that you will be doing with your skills level, start your workout sessions slowly – and take it from there.
2. Always consult your doctor before taking on an exercise routine.
This is especially true if you have an underlying medical condition. As you age, you become more prone to developing health conditions like heart problems, arthritis and other illnesses which may cause complications to your health if you are not careful. This is exactly the reason why you need to consult a medical expert first before taking on an exercise routine that is physically taxing.
3. If you must, hire a personal trainer.
Again, it is quite difficult to keep off the pounds if you are already in your 40’s – and being overweight at this age does not bode well for your health, either. To create that delicate balance between the two, what you can do is hire a personal trainer who will monitor your fitness routine – and make sure that it fits your age, your fitness level, your health and your skills to a tee.
4. Always be mindful of your environment while jogging, running or walking.
These cardiovascular exercises are a favorite of those who are in their 40’s. Just to be on the safe side, make sure that you are running, jogging or walking in an even surface, be mindful of accidentally bumping into another person or object – and always wear the proper running shoes.
By keeping these tips in mind, you can be in tip top shape, healthy and happy – even at 40.
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