Yes you can get better as you get older!
Guest post provided by Kirstin. See below for more information about this author.
Fitness programs for specific age groups are becoming popular with many people taking the initiative to live healthier and fitter lives.
The following is a checklist of what over 40’s need to do when starting a fitness program:
1. Medical check.
This is just to clarify if you have any prevailing medical conditions (heart trouble, high blood pressure, diabetes etc.) or perhaps you’ve not done any form of exercise for quite a while. Always better to get clearance from your GP that you can start a fitness program without any lingering doubts as to your physical condition.
2. Setting goals.
If you want to progress with your fitness program, then setting goals is a must and helps you achieve excellent results. Not only do they motivate you, but they assist in keeping you very focused.
3. Eating plan.
Without a healthy eating plan, your efforts to achieve a good fitness level will be much harder to attain. Make sure you set up an eating plan to work with your exercise regime.
4. Build up gradually.
Never push yourself too hard when starting out. Take it slowly and don’t expect immediate results because you need to be patient. If you commit yourself to your goals, you will get their eventually so just stay focused and committed.
After starting your exercise routine, you must make sure you do it regularly and follow your schedule if you want any tangible results. Set up a personal calendar and do your best to keep up with the plan. You’ll find that after a while it becomes a good habit and you’ll begin to enjoy it. Getting a personal trainer to guide you is an even better alternative and they can motivate you even more to achieve your objectives.
6. Warm ups.
Warming up before exercising is essential when you’re older because our bodies injure much more easily than in our youth. By warming up, we can stimulate the body to increase circulation around the body which pumps nutrients to your muscles and aids in increasing flexibility of the joints to prepare the body for exercise. Make sure you do a few minutes of light aerobic exercise to help prevent any injury to the body.
7. Use the right techniques.
When lifting any weights, it is imperative that you use the right technique especially when older as you will be more likely to injure yourself if done incorrectly. Never lift weights using momentum. Instead, make sure you only use pure muscle strength and avoid bouncing or heaving the weights as this puts muscles under severe strain.
8. Recovery after exercising.
More recovery time is necessary as we grow older so make sure you give yourself ample time. Giving your body the time it needs to recover will speed up your results and your physical condition will be greatly enhanced.
9. Remember to stretch.
Flexibility is very important and it does decrease as we age, so implementing a stretching program within your routing will balance out the strength and endurance training in your exercise schedule.
10. Have fun.
Making your fitness program enjoyable and fun can help you get into it much more easily. Exercise should not be a chore but you should make it enjoyable if you wish to get the most benefit from it.
In conclusion, fitness should not be seen as an age determined factor. If you’re willing to put in the effort, age can become quite irrelevant.
About the author:
Kirstin is a Brighton personal trainer and is interested in anything to do with health, fitness and body mechanics.