At my personal training studio, we cater to the 40+ age group crowd. Yep, that’s our demographic and WE LOVE THEM!
If you’ve hit this milestone yourself, you may have noticed that the benefits you want from a workout have shifted pretty dramatically from simply losing weight and getting toned (not that it’s all THAT simple!) to any or all of the following:
- You want to FEEL better.
- You want to IMPROVE your balance.
- You want RELIEF from low back pain, knee pain, shoulder pain.
- You had a HEALTH SCARE and want to do all you can to position yourself to be physically and mentally STRONG, for whatever lies ahead.
These are all great motivators to get moving, yet now that you’re in that demographic group that we love, perhaps you’re wondering why it’s a little bit more difficult to actually do that.
A recent article on “Why Athletic Performance Declines As You Age” http://mashable.com/2015/07/07/aging-athletic-performance/ does a great job highlighting age-related changes and the body’s response to fitness. For example, as we age, our bodies don’t use oxygen as effectively, we experience age-related skeletal muscle limitations, and recovery following a workout can take longer.
But don’t you dare use this information as an excuse to sit on the sofa!
Here’s how you can actually keep your edge without going over it:
- Train smarter, not harder.
- Improve your sleep habits.
- Plan your workouts for variety and recovery.
- Actually take time to recover.
- Add yoga and weightlifting as a way to cross train and maintain muscle mass and flexibility.
- Engage in “active recovery”; i.e. swim or do an easy run on your days off.
- Keep moving “outside” of your workout, hint, “Take the stairs!”