Tailor your fitness to suit the number of candles on your birthday cake!
Posted by tungstenmg Last updated 15th March 2021 reading time
Different approaches for different ages
After reading the Vitality Spring 2021 magazine I thought I would share an interesting article on selecting workouts that suit your age. We all know the huge benefits that exercise can have on your mental and physical health but how should you alter your approach as the candles on your birthday cake rise?
So in your 20’s it is time to push hard as your body can cope with more stress and can recover quickly, which is why you can work hard and play hard in your 20’s. But although you have the stamina in this age bracket you should look to your technique and skill to give you a solid foundation for later years. You can experiment with different exercises and do what you want to do rather than what your body needs you to do.
As you creep in your 30’s you still have the abilities of your 20’s but life is busier. You may have a career now, a family, a partner so with more strains on your time you need to train smarter – so maybe opt for a HIIT workout and plan your workouts into your chaotic schedule. Setting good habits with sleeping and eating now will help in later life.
Those who do regular exercise are a 30% lower risk of early death (NHS)
In your 40’s your body is slowing down so you need to look after yourself. You may have to move away from hard impact training and look to a more holistic approach that includes exercise throughout the day. You may find your metabolism is slowing down so your focus maybe weight management exercises, and becoming more sensitive to stretching techniques as you become less supple. Vitality suggest swimming.
As you creep into your 50’s you should hone in on specific trouble areas, and seek non-impact exercise such as a yoga, swimming or non-traditional methods like gardening.
Being in your 60’s does not mean you need to slow down but do the same moves from your 20’s/30’s but restrict the movement or reduce the weight – you can still get down in your squats. Plus you can now enjoy new activities like walking the dog, bowls or golf!