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Getting in Shape After 40

Getting in shape after 40 should not only become a personal goal but should be part of one’s mind training. But what do we really mean by “getting in shape?” Well, basically it means maintaining good mental and physical health and staying body fit: fit to work, fit to walk and brisk-walk, fit to run, and fit to do exercises appropriate to the level of a 40-year old. This includes a healthy sexual regimen.

At this age, aside from losing a certain percentage of muscle mass, neurological fluctuations in the brain could lead to a decrease in HGH, the ability to synthesize protein and changes in reflexes and coordination. For these reasons getting in shape after 40 may be a bit more demanding mentally, emotionally and physically.

But if one has been doing regular workouts at age 20 and continues to do so at 30, the likelihood that the use of a fitness center with cardio equipment and other fitness machines like the motorized treadmill or gym bikes and shoulder press could still be done at age 40. It should be advisable though to consult a physician before using the fitness center.

To optimize one’s fitness program, some fitness practitioners suggest finding and doing smart ways of regular physical exercise rather that doing more exercises than usual. Getting in shape after 40 is a need and should not be taken for granted.

Obesity, which seems to be tendency for people at this higher age level should be avoided to prevent medical complications like diabetes and hypertension from hindering the regular fitness process. People whose work is based entirely at the office sitting down are at risk of becoming overweight with flabby bellies.

But even among office workers, they can still do regular exercises using their chairs and tables, simply moving within their office spaces, or going up and down the stairs. Some fitness experts recommend the use of body exercise contraptions or aids like the foam roller for women. Some recommend regular, frequent “light exercises” just to keep the blood circulating most of the time.

Light exercises without the use of gym equipment focusing on the neck, shoulders, wrists, belly, knees and ankles can be beneficial for people who need to do less intense workouts and whose ages are in the 40, 50 and 60 age levels.

Getting in shape after 40 should be made as a personal life philosophy and physique policy of everyone who still has the mental and physical capacity to stay fit. Coupled with this is the development of a personal sensitivity to eating the right kinds of foods, a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, fish, meat and eggs with less sugar and salt, or whatever your medical doctor or fitness advisor may require.

The physical body under the direction of the mind can still attain relatively spectacular physical performance at a number of levels comparable to young ages. Not only would most 50-year olds want to look young, they need to feel younger and move younger, therefore the need for getting in shape after 40.