Staying Fit After 40 – My Personal Tips

Beach RunWith age comes many great things, but one thing that doesn’t easily stay by your side is your fitness. At age 40 and over, you need to fight to keep fit and to maintain your normal level of health.

Your body begins to wear down, you feel tired often, and you just don’t have the same movement that you used to. While these issues may certainly make it more difficult to maintain your usual level of fitness, this does not mean that it is impossible. With the following tips, you can continue to feel as young and vibrant as ever.

Consult with Your Doctor

At age 40, one of the most significant concerns for many active individuals is health issues and how they can affect their fitness routines. A few resources list heart disease, osteoporosis, and back pain as some of the top health concerns that men and women deal with.

Attempting to maintain a fit lifestyle with underlying health problems is very damaging, problematic, and it can hurt your fitness in the long run. Therefore, the first step you should take is to visit your doctor to review your health and check if there are any exercises you should be avoiding and if there are any particular exercises that are positive for your overall health. Continue reading Staying Fit After 40 – My Personal Tips

Why I Started Running To Get Lean After Age 40

JoggingThere are many benefits to running at any age. People over 40 often struggle with putting on extra pounds. Your metabolism naturally tends to slow down as you get older.

Additionally, people’s lives often become more sedentary as they settle down and focus on things like career and family. Running can be an effective way to get lean and improve your overall level of fitness. Let’s look at some tips on how to get the most out of running if you’re over 40.

The Benefits of Running

Regular exercise has many benefits, and running is one of the best forms of aerobic exercise.

Some of the advantages of running include:

  • It’s one of the most efficient ways to burn calories. On average, runners burn 100+ calories per mile.
  • Lowers your risk of health problems such as hypertension, diabetes and heart disease.
  • Builds endurance and helps you feel more energetic.
  • Strengthens your bones and muscles. The latter is especially important for women and older people who are at risk for osteoporosis and other bone problems.

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15 Minute Abs Workouts Fact or Fiction

six pack beach couple photoJust how far will the average person go to have the “perfect” body?

Based on the amount of money that is spent every year on “quick fix” videos and workouts, it is safe to say that while they would go to great expense, most people would prefer instant gratification instead of hard work.

Now, this is not to say that there are not effective workouts that can be accomplished within 15 minutes, but the workout is not all that is needed to obtain a washboard stomach.

Look in any fitness magazine, browse through the different websites, or go on Twitter and Facebook and look at the amount of “in your face” advertising that is focused on 15-Minute Abs workouts.

Advertisers know everyone is fixated on having the perfect body

They do everything they can to lure the public into thinking that a mere 15 minutes a day is all that is needed to achieve perfection.

On the flip side, these ads reinforce the idea that bodies like the ones featured in the ads are in fact normal. If our body is not as perfect as the model, we think we have fallen short.

Not feeling “good enough”

This serves to make us feel inadequate and further feeds the obsession to find the perfect workout to get “the look.”

Oddly enough, many of the people seeking this miracle workout are already in good shape, they are just not as finely tuned as the “sample” body in the ads.

The one aspect that the bulk of these programs forget to mention is that in addition to working out, there is also the need for a healthy diet.

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When a person eats improperly, it is very tough to see progress in regard to their overall health. In order to get that superstar body, the right food going into the body is just as important at the workout.

Unfortunately, far too many people buy into the notion that they can achieve perfect abs in only 15 minutes a day.

Again, it actually is possible, but that 15 minutes is solely the time it takes to perform the actual workout; it does not account for the time it takes to prepare and cook the meals that are needed to accompany the time spent in the gym.

All we ask is that before you fall victim to some type of scam or get frustrated, take a good look at not only how you are working out, but also take a look at your diet.

In order for that magazine 15-Minute Abs workout to truly be effective, you may have to revamp your entire diet. Do this, and that 15-Minute Abs workout may just deliver on its promise.