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The Guide to Training Over 40: Starting Out

We know how you feel… You’re older and have never really committed to training, or you may feel as though the prospect of getting in the gym or running on the road is too daunting – that’s it too late. It’s not. Although it may seem as though starting now may do more harm than good, it’s actually pretty much the opposite.


Many studies like this have found that it’s never too late and the health benefits will contribute greatly to the way you feel as you age.

A study has also found that exercise can help to reduce your chances of memory loss and the effects of aging.

Say yes to a healthy mind, body and soul, well into your twilight years.

Aerobic Exercise

Your VO2max levels are important as they relate to how much oxygen gets transported around your body in relation to your weight. And a study found that as little as 12 minutes of high intensity training increases maximal oxygen uptake.

Cardio is important as it helps you manage your weight and stay active. If you’re preparing to do strength training, then getting in running or a few minutes on the elliptical will increase your overall endurance.

Joining a running club also has a different sort of effect as it’s common knowledge that, for most people, when you get older you get a little less social.

Joining a running club or gym, doing yoga in a studio or taking to the pool to do aqua aerobics allows you to meet other likeminded people who will keep on stimulating that part of us that desires human contact.


Strength Training

Get comfortable, you’re in for the long haul.

Find equipment and exercises that work for you. This could be anything between weighted squats and deadlifts to machine work.

If it doesn’t feel comfortable, and isn’t giving you that “good burn” sort of pain, then it probably isn’t good for you just yet.

Strength training has a myriad of health benefits that even prompted the CDC (2002) to recommend that everyone should engage in it. “Done regularly, strength training builds bone and muscle and helps to preserve strength, independence, and energy. These exercises are safe and effective for women and men of all ages”

Strength training will also improve your balance, mobility and will stay with you long into old age. To keep up with the hectic lives that most of us lead, exercise not only operates as a release and escape from monotony but keeps you active and feeling much younger.  

So yes, we know…

Bringing yourself to start a training regime, while eating well, when you’re older can be a complex and paranoia-inducing situation, but it doesn’t have to be.

With a personal trainer and nutritionist on your side, or just a trustworthy and dedicated partner, you’ll be improving your health and wellbeing to no end.    

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