Many of us take our youth for granted, and instead of nurturing our bodies we indulge in food and stay away from fitness not knowing that eventually these decisions will catch up with us. It has been proven time and again that regular exercise and a balanced diet will not only enhance our physical appearance but will also improve our body and mind. Regular exercise at any age can do wonders for your body and can even reduce the chances of diseases as you get older. Even though we all know how important it is to prioritize our health and well-being, sedentary lifestyles and stress pose a huge challenge to our individual fitness and personal health.
Exercising as you age can help delay, and even reverse, the debilitating effects of aging on your muscles, heart and brain. Being physically active throughout your 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s and beyond will help you age gracefully while you feel your best. Knowing what to anticipate as your body changes and making adjustments to meet these physiological shifts will help you feel stronger, smarter and better as you celebrate life year after year. Here are some additional reasons to encourage you to stay active in your 30s and beyond:
- Exercising on a regular basis will keep your heart strong and healthy
- Consistent training will help you achieve weight loss and maintain your goal weight
- Staying active and doing activities like stretching and yoga allows you to remain flexible and agile
- You can prevent bone loss with high impact exercises like jogging, skipping and jumping
Fitness Tips for Men in Their 30s
As you enter your 30s, this is when you will first realize that your body is changing – weight will not come off as easily as used to and fat begins to accumulate quickly. Additionally, your newfound personal and professional responsibilities make it more difficult to carve out time to exercise or focus on a proper diet. The 30s are often considered to be the prime years for many professional athletes, which means that you can achieve your fitness goals by staying committed. Men in this age group should focus on interval training – brief, intense bursts of exercise that raise your heart rate followed by short recovery periods that allow your heart rate to return to normal. High interval training burns more calories than less-intense efforts do, and it helps to improve performance.
Fitness Tips for Men in Their 40s
Logically speaking – if you stay healthy in your 30s, you will feel great in your 40s. However, the risk of developing diseases like diabetes and high blood pressure increase in this decade, which is why it is important to maintain your health with consistent and fitness and a balanced, healthy diet. At this age you need to watch out for your joints, be aware of your coordination, and focus on caring for your body rather than pushing it to the limit. Every workout should begin with thoughtful stretching and targeted self-massage with a foam roller – this will help alleviate any knots and pain that restrict blood flow and elasticity in your muscle tissue. Yoga is extremely beneficial to men in their 40s because it helps to relieve back pain, improve flexibility and reduce stress.
Fitness Tips for Men in Their 50s
As you enter your “Golden Years,” it’s time to reflect on your personal and professional accomplishments, but it’s also important to continue taking care of yourself so you can feel great for many more years to come. In this age group, muscle mass and bone density naturally dwindle, which means your fitness routine needs to focus more on quality over quantity. Exercise protects your heart, relaxes your arteries, builds muscle, strengthen yours bones, fights cancer, boosts your immune system and most importantly, is the most effective prescription for successful aging. To stay active in your 50s, make sure to combine cardio with resistance training, take your workout sessions slow, don’t skip warmups and cool downs and limit your schedule to working out only three to four days a week.
No matter what form of exercise you choose to engage in – cycling, running, walking, yoga, strength training, etc. – the important thing is that you have committed to your fitness goals and have taken the most difficult step towards maintaining your weight and health. By staying physically active and eating healthy you will be able to keep your body tough, sturdy and healthy at any age. If you are looking for support and guidance with your personal health goals contact our team at A New Me. We’d be happy to offer a customized plan to help you feel and look your best at any age!