We all know that exercise is important for our health and vitality, no matter what our age is. However, as we get older it becomes arguably more essential for our well-being to engage in regular exercise to stay fit. It’s important to get the body moving and engage in some physical activity every day, but it can be difficult to find exercises that we’re comfortable engaging in and that work for our bodies. If you’re unsure of the best types of exercise to keep you as fit as possible in the long run, I have a few solutions that can help you get moving right away.
Keep your heart pumping with cardio
Cardio is a dreaded word for most people, but unfortunately that doesn’t change the fact that it’s vitally important. As you start to get older, incorporating regular, low-impact cardio into your routine is a must to keep your heart happy, healthy, and strong. The good news is, cardio doesn’t have to be boring! There are so many different types of cardio exercises to choose from. If running on a treadmill is your thing, go for it! Or, if you’re an outdoors type, try a brisk uphill walk or a challenging bike ride.
Fight arthritis with dumbbell workouts
Fact: Strong muscles help support your joints. It’s never too soon to help your body prevent the possibility of arthritis. Since prevention is a much better option than treatment, lifting some weights a couple of times a week can do wonders for your bodies ability to stave off potential arthritis. Keeping your muscles strong and maintaining a healthy weight can help support (and reduce stress on) your joints.
Keep your metabolism active
Keeping your metabolism working is vital to maintaining a healthy weight. As you start to get older, your metabolism will naturally slow down (sigh), but not to worry! There are lots of great exercises, such as Zumba or Interval Training, that can help keep your metabolism working more efficiently. (Please make sure you partake in activities that are well within your physical capabilities.)
Maintain your muscles with weights
Regularly partaking in body weight exercises, such as planks or air squats, has a variety of benefits. It keeps your muscles toned and happy, as well as having the ability to fight off joint and back pain. Even better, body weight exercises can range in intensity depending on your abilities, and they require little equipment, so you can follow an at home workout without needing to go to the gym!
Stretching is important for the maintenance of limber muscles and the reduction of joint and muscle pain. Regular stretching can expand your range of motion, as well as increasing blood flow to your muscles and helping to improve posture or reduce back pain. Yoga is a fantastic way to stretch your muscles out, as well as keep your stress-levels low and help you to relax.
As we get older, maintaining our health is important to living a long and happy life. It can be daunting at times, but there are plenty of resources and guidance for women over 40 on the best ways to exercise and stay fit.