TRAINING FOR YOUR AGE
Most importantly, your exercise needs to be suitable for your age and capability. As a result of tailored training, your body will respond better, and your fitness levels will be optimized.
In a recent article in Health & Wellbeing magazine, Becky Barrett offers advice for working out in your 40s and 50s.
Training in your 40s:
“For a women, heading through your 40s is likely to mean the start of the perimenopause, with hormone changes, muscle mass decreasing further, and an increase in fat storage.
It’s really important to continue working on your strength building, for three sessions a week ideally, using resistance bands, kettlebells and dumbbells.
High-impact exercise such as running and cardio workouts may start to impinge on your knee and hip joints.
Ensure you get some real joint stability work with Pilates, and use yoga to help your body recover.
Rebounding (working out on a mini-trampoline) can be an excellent alternative to your usual impact work if your joints are really feeling it.”
Training in your 50s:
“In your 50s you need to keep your heart healthy.
Swimming, brisk walking, rowing, cycling and again rebounding, are good forms for this if you feel high impact exercise is causing any pain in your joints or ligaments.
A focus on core strength and resistance training is a must, so your ‘go to’ workouts are Pilates and Barre Fitness.
If sleep is proving problematic due to hormonal changes, yoga is a really great addition to your fitness routine to ease stress and improve sleep.”