Resveralife Live Well: Over 40 Fitness

With aging comes the need to take better care of ourselves. Though you may have lived a carefree young life, ate pretty much whatever and however you wanted, not exercised nearly enough, and maybe you didn’t even drink enough water. When the time comes for your forties to roll around, it’s definitely the time to re-consider your life style and incorporate more fitness into your daily routine.

With age, comes increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other undesirable conditions which can, for the most part, be avoided. Through proper diet and exercise, one can truly change and turn their health around – providing you with more self-confidence, better health, and a life lived to the fullest. Believe it or not, exercise can become quite addicting if you find a routine you really like, and food low in calories and carbs can also be quite tasty if properly prepared. Only you can take charge of your fitness and health. Nobody else is going to do it for you – and there is no better time than now with the New Year coming right around the corner.

Resveralife would like to provide you with a few different tips as to how you can increase your fitness, develop a routine, and be a better you in your 40’s.

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Develop a Fitness Routine And Eat Well

Be sure to walk, jog, and really get your heart pumping. The heart is a muscle, and therefore needs to be worked to be at its optimal health and in the best shape possible. When your blood pumps faster through your veins, you have better oxygen flow, skin cells are regenerated at a healthy rate, diseases are curbed due to lack of exercise and sedentary lifestyle, and you can even sleep better at night. You begin to develop a self-confidence you may not have had before, and realize you are beginning to set goals and limits for yourself. Something like, ‘Today, I will walk around the block three times,’ and actually meeting that goal is a great accomplishment. Track your fitness in an online fitness diary which can be shared with friends and family, and will also make you feel as though you are being held accountable. You can receive an immense amount of support this way as well.

Try out a new fitness class and if you don’t like it, try another. There is certainly something for everyone! Be sure to change up your diet and consume more raw, fresh vegetables and fruits, and more whole grains. Cut out the ‘baddies’ such as sugars, fats, oils, and salt as much as possible. You will see it will complement your fitness routine and also make a world of difference in how your skin  looks and feels, as well as in your overall health.

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Work Out at Least Twice a Week

If you can squeeze in three to four times per week for a workout – fantastic! If you are pressed for time due to family or work constraints, try to opt for a two day a week workout, for at least one hour per day. This will allow you to stay on schedule, develop a routine, and keep yourself fit. Be sure you drink plenty of water, and stay as hydrated as possible. Avoid foods and drinks which can dehydrate you, such as salted food, sugary food, caffeine, and chocolate. Although it may be hard, cutting back on these foods is better than nothing – and if that’s all you can do – you’ve done yourself a favor!

 

Hitting 40 has its ups and downs, but you don’t need to let your fitness be one of the downs. It should be an exciting new chapter in your life where you strive to get into the best shape you’ve ever been in – and it can be with a little work and effort. As always, discuss your exercise routine with your doctor to gain their approval if you suffer from any medical conditions, and be sure you aren’t over doing it.