When you reach forty you reach a milestone. Young adulthood ends and middle-age begins. For some, it’s a seamless transition. For many who have been idle and leading sedentary lifestyles for much of their young adulthood, it is a time fret with potentially negative health outcomes. Issues of heart disease, diabetes, cancers and other metabolic issues – long on the radar – now can all of a sudden cause major disruptions in the quality of one’s life. It’s important to eat right, exercise properly and manage stress in order to get the most of your forties.
So if you are on the brink of forty and you want to ramp up your fitness level, consider these three reasons why fitness over forty is important!
You Will Slow Down the Ageing Process
Get fit in your forties because in doing so you slow down the ageing process. If you have been sedentary up to this point, you are ageing twice as fast what’s considered normal. By getting fit over forty, you will build muscle and burn fat, which can literally add years to your life. The best way to achieve this effect is to use short, explosive exercises in a routine known as H.I.I.T. exercise. H.I.I.T stands for High Intensity Interval Training. H.I.I.T. builds muscle and burns fat at a far greater rate than conventional exercise. Plus, it’s great for stabilizing blood sugar levels and you more effectively manage blood pressure and blood cholesterol results, too. If H.I.I.T is too much for you, consider hiring a personal trainer to offer you expertise and guidance as you move through the preliminary levels of exercise.
You Will Enhance Your Holistic Wellness
We now know more about the ‘mind-body’ connection and how the brain plays such an integral role in how the body responds to exercise. In fact, getting fit over forty is not just a workout for the body; it’s also a medicine for mind and spirit as well. That’s because when the body moves at an accelerated pace, even for just a few minutes, it signals the brain to release ‘feel good’ endorphins throughout the body. This ‘feel-good’ phenomenon is experienced throughout the entire mind-body politic. It also goes a long way toward helping to alleviate or eliminate stress and anxiety triggers.
When you feel good, you look good. When you look good, you feel good. Spiritually, getting fit over forty places you closer to your Divinity. It leads to a greater appreciation of and care for your body.
You Will Decrease Inflammation and Joint Pain
Over one hundred million Americans experience some kind of chronic pain in their adult lives. One of the biggest takeaways from getting fit over forty is that you will learn to use your natural bodyweight to keep your body strong and manage joint and chronic pain. A lot of people experience weak areas at the joints. The use of barbells and other weights only intensifies the discomfort, especially if it’s something that has been building since your thirties.
Using your natural body weight can alleviate pain in the joints. Exercises such as push-ups, squats and planks, when varied in frequency and duration, can keep muscles strong well into old age.
Eat right, exercise often and manage stress and you will be fit as you move into your forties!
Staff Writer; W. Eric Croomes
This talented brother is a holistic lifestyle exercise expert and founder and executive coach of Infinite Strategies LLC, a multi-level coaching firm that develops and executes strategies for fitness training, youth achievement and lifestyle management. Eric is an author, fitness professional, holistic life coach and motivational speaker.
In October 2015, Eric released Life’s A Gym: Seven Fitness Principles to Get the Best of Both, which shows readers how to use exercise to attract a feeling of wellness, success and freedom (Infinite Strategies Coaching LLC, 2015) – http://www.infinitestrategiescoaching.com.