Fit and healthy at 40: never too late to start exercising

It’s a little hard to admit but after 40, your body seems to be on a constant mission to remind you that it’s not as young as it used to be. While the pressures of the everyday life can hit your body and mind much harder later in life, there are still ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle that will keep you fit and strong. In fact, while you might need to adapt your workout regiment to the constraints brought by your age, there is always a way around it and it’s never too late to start exercising so now is the perfect time!

  1. 40 is the new 30

A recent survey lead by a group of experts have shown that to start exercising at 30 or ten years later at 40 doesn’t actually change anything in terms of the impact it might have on your body. The survey focused on three different groups of sporty type persons including eleven people who started exercising up to five times a week after the ripe old age of 40 and it was revealed that the effects and benefits are pretty similar to the people who started after 30.

  1. Slowing down the aging process

The biggest take-out was of course that, ultimately, people who started exercising earlier or later in life were much healthier than the ones who lead essentially sedentary lifestyles. And we’re not just talking weight gain, potential need for liposuction, and cardiovascular advantages here but also bone and muscle mass as well as oxidative stress. Oxidative stress is essentially an imbalance in your body between free radicals and antioxidants produced by your body to protect from the former: exercising moderately helps you maintain the antioxidants levels up, thus slowing down the aging process.

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  1. Staying fit with the right exercises

To stay fit and slow down the loss of muscle mass that tend to come as we grow older, exercising is primordial. Looking and feeling good is important but it’s not just all about looks: without proper muscle mass, bones won’t be supported and this can lead to joint, knees, hips and skeletal issues that could have been easily avoided with the right amount of exercise.

Cardio workouts such as cycling and walking is recommended. Running marathons is encouraged too but not without the advice of your GP, especially is this is your first time exercising on a regular basis: never throw yourself in a high-impact activity without the go-ahead of a health specialist.

In any case, regular exercise is key and while the benefits such as stress-relief, weight loss, etc… are pretty much endless, it can be hard to find a way to make it work around your schedule. A few tips to help you stay on track: be realistic about your goals, plan your activities around your home or workplace and don’t throw yourself into something that require too much driving time as you will be more likely to find excuses to skip it.