Getting older is inevitable in life, and as we age, the needs of our bodies will change. This is true for staying active and implementing a healthy lifestyle. As we head into our 30s, 40s, and 50s, our bodies slow down and start to reflect the choices we’ve made. For example, in your 30s, 40s, and 50s, you are no longer able to eat burgers and fries without seeing it in your waistline! It also will take your body longer to recover after intense exercise.
On the other hand, athletic performance tends to peak in your late 30s, and there is no age limit for healthy living. Instead of slowing down your lifestyle as your body ages, you can still be active and fit as you age. Here are some tips for staying fit into your 30s, 40s, and 50s:
- Cross-Train – Performing a variety of exercises will continue to benefit your body as you age. In order to stay active, incorporate a variety of activities into your daily routine like swimming, running, biking, hiking, aerobics, boot camp and yoga. As you get older, you will also begin to feel more strain on your joints, but swimming and water aerobics are especially easy on them. Triathlons are great for people in their 30s because they force you to cross-train, and as you near your 30s and 40s, it is important to include flexibility and balance exercises.
- Include Both Cardio and Strength Training – In order to reduce the amount of bone density and muscle mass loss you experience as you age, incorporate both cardio and strength training. Strength training is especially important for women who tend to suffer from osteoporosis in their later years. Strength training is critical for those in their 50s and should be done three times a week targeting the major muscle groups.
- Pay Attention to Diet and Weight – As you age, it is even more important to watch what you eat and maintain a healthy weight. When you get older, you won’t need as many calories as when you were younger, so it is important not to overindulge and eat more foods that are nutrient dense. It is also critical to incorporate calcium and dark green, leafy vegetables into your diet.
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