Exercise Over 40
For some people, life begins after 40 and for some who are younger; it probably seems like the beginning of the end.
We certainly aren’t physically the same at +40 as we were at 20 and we definitely have more free time than we had in our 30’s. At +40, careers are established, children are either grown or vastly more independent than they were previously. It’s a perfect time to take the opportunity to start an exercise program.
But just because you’re suddenly blessed with some free time again doesn’t mean you should jump head first into doing sports and activities your body isn’t prepared for. You need to take plenty of precautions and set up a smart routine of activities that take into account your current physical condition and what you wish to accomplish.
As with most exercise regiments, the best thing you can do first is to visit your general physician. If you don’t have a doctor or haven’t been to see one in the past 12 months make an appointment for a complete physical before you decide to start any sort of serious or strenuous exercise. Now this doesn’t mean you can’t walk around the block or do some simple stretches but your doctor will have the best grasp of what your body can and can’t do and will be able to give you sound advice on where to begin. More importantly your doctor will provide you with essential numbers you should know – your blood pressure, waist measurement and cholesterol levels. (http://www.www.bodybreak.com/
Once you have the go-ahead, there are plenty of ways to keep yourself dedicated to your new regiment including making a schedule and remembering to mix things up. You might have loved riding a bike as a child but the odds are that it’ll grow boring or tedious at some point now that you’re an adult. So instead of biking five times a week, shoot for twice a week then a brisk walk/jog a couple days of week as well as weight training and a swim in the pool at the local health club for good measure.
Between the birthday cards and the not-so-subtle comments from your children and friends, you generally have no problem remembering you’re over 40, but sometimes in the high of a workout, you may tend to forget. Make sure to take things slowly, listen to your body and remember to take days off as your body will now need more time to repair and recover. It’s never too late to start.
Until Next Time, Keep Fit & Have Fun.
Hal & Joanne
“I started marathon training at age 49 and I’m still hooked as I approach 55” – Joanne
“I started to play more hockey in my mid-40’s and I still play with a mix of 20, 30 and 40 year olds .” – Hal, age 57