Who would want to stay young forever?
Well, I’d be the first one the put up my hand. But the sad truth is, nobody stays young forever and we do age.
However, we can age slower compared to others in our 40s, by staying fit and active. Of course supplements, diet and a healthy lifestyle plays an important part too. Studies have shown that staying fit and active can reduce the risk of many chronic diseases and thus, delaying the aging process and increasing our life expectancy.
This means that staying fit keeps us young ! And we will look great too!
You can stay active by keeping yourself busy with work or to participate in any project you choose to be in. For example, you can volunteer for a charity group or learn a new skill every once in a while. Whoever that tells you learning stopped at school is talking bullshit! Any age is never too old to learn something new.
For me, I started blogging last year by joining a great and supportive online class. If you keep thinking of retiring, your mind will go into hibernation mode and you will definitely age faster.
You can stay fit by exercising regularly. Staying fit does not mean we need to train for the Iron Man (or Iron Lady) challenge every day. I know our energy level is not what it used to be. Our body is also not as strong and robust as we used to be. We just need to do simple exercises or choose the correct workout within our means and time constraints.
Here, 6 exercises you should start doing every week once you’re in your 40s to stay healthy and looking as great as you feel.
Yoga is really great to stretch our muscles and to reduce stress.
Once we pass the age 40, our body’s flexibility decreases. Yoga is a great way to maintain flexibility as we age. It makes ty in our joints and muscles fluid and helps build and maintain strength. Yoga can also benefit our mind in a many ways. Yoga can really de-stress us and makes us more calm and focus. Yoga also teaches us to breathe properly, thus increasing our overall blood circulation.
If you want a full body workout but hate jumping around or running in the heat outside, pilates is the best choice.
Pilates is a full body workout that helps us build strength and improve flexibility. As it does not have the same impact on the body that weight-bearing exercises have, there is reduced risk of injury. By focusing on the core of the body, pilates also helps enhance stability and balance. You’ll get stronger, more sculpted muscles and gain flexibility.
Tai Chi is great if you need a low impact exercise or you have bad knees.
Tai Chi used to be only popular in China. Now, the ancient art of tai chi is widely regarded as being one of the best exercises for older people above 40 worldwide.
It involves gentle and repetitive movements that are based on coordination and relaxation, rather than creating muscle tension. This is ideal exercise for your aging bones and joints. Moreover, tai chi provides a number of health benefits, such as stress relief, reduced blood pressure, improved mental focus and better balance.
Our muscle shrinks as we grow older. Therefore, strength training is an important part of our fitness routine, as it will help prevent this muscle loss. Strength training also helps to burn fat, as it boosts our metabolism.
Simple strength training exercises you can try are : push-ups, weight lifting and planks.
Don’t be intimidated thinking that you need to start off with Olympic size weights. At our age, we should go slow and slowly increase our weights training.
Cardio training is is great to maintain a healthy heart. It helps to get our heart pumping and improves our stamina. It helps strengthen our heart and lungs, makes up lose belly fat easier, can improve our focus and even relieve anxiety and depression.
Swimming, running, brisk walking, cycling and aerobics exercises are some cardio workouts you should try. Swimming and walking has low impact on weak knees.
Functional training involves conditioning our muscles and joints for the movements and activities we are likely to perform in everyday life. As such, it is highly useful for people above 40, who may otherwise face difficulty performing simple daily tasks due to arthritis, atrophy and loss in muscle mass.
For example, a squat is a functional exercise because it trains the muscles used when you rise up and down from a chair or pick up low objects. By training your muscles to work the way they do in everyday tasks, you prepare your body to perform well in a variety of common situations.
Squats, overhead press, and stair-climbing are some functional training exercises you can make use of.
Staying fit and keeping yourself active is crucial to slow down the aging process. I am sure you will definitely want to delay aging and look younger than your friends.
So, stay fit, stay active, stay young!
Which form of exercise have you tried or which one you would be most interested in ? Leave your comments below!