Top 10 Exercise Options at 40


Top 10 Exercise Options at 40At 40, you have to realize that your joints are also 40 years old, and you might need to modify your exercise intensity and routine in keeping with the physical, physiological and hormonal changes. Also, there is a tendency to gain about 10 pounds a decade after age 40, primarily due to loss in muscle mass ( If you gain 10 pounds after 40, the net gain is from adding 15 pounds of fat and losing five pounds of muscle.). To fight this weight gain, the natural reaction is dieting which further leads to loss in muscle mass. Each lost pound of muscle depresses the body's metabolism by about 40 calories a day. An aerobic routine coupled with strength training, a healthy diet and stretching can replace the lost muscle, get the body's metabolism back up, and keep weight off permanently. The focus needs to be on weight training and and to avoid dieting.


While you're weight-train, add new muscle mass and maintain your endurance, you need to be protective of easily injured joints. A problematic knee or tennis elbow can keep an otherwise healthy and active forty-something woman on the sidelines, which can lead to weight gain, insomnia and depression, not to mention loss of flexibility.

 

Low-impact workouts are recommended for women at forty to allow them to burn a high number of calories, with exercises like biking or swimming. If you are bored out of your exercise routine or have you stopped seeking results. Here are top 10 exercise options to get your metabolism rolling.

 

Walking- It is easy, safe and inexpensive. Walking is an injury-free way for the 40+ to keep fit. It burns calories, and itís an ideal fat-burning activity. It conditions the heart, improves muscle tone and strength, relieves stress, and can help with back pain, osteoporosis, respiratory problems, diabetes, arthritis, cardiac rehabilitation and a variety of other health problems.
 

Top 10 Exercise Options at 40Biking: This is a good exercise options for women with osteoarthritis of the knees can engage in stationary cycling by using a high seat adjustment, a low resistance setting, and toe clips.
 

Swimming- for women at 40 swimming will help in strengthening the muscle, tendons and ligaments that supports the joints, and thus improve stability and flexibility. Aim to exercise for only 15 or 20 minutes at a time in the beginning.
 

Low-impact aerobics- This is no jarring, jumping, or knee harming, heavy-duty swiveling, but rather stretching and then sustained exercise. Aerobic conditioning, is the best way to strengthen your heart rate, which will allow you to keep exercising at your full capacity as you age and may protect you from heart disease later on. This can include dancing, aerobic machines, light step aerobics, square dancing- or any other exercise which fits the guideline of always having one foot on the floor.
 

Volleyball- Playing a game of volleyball for 30-45 minutes can add a boost to your heart & lungs and help in reducing the risks of developing coronary heart disease, hypertension, colon cancer and diabetes.
 

Top 10 Exercise Options at 40Strength training - Without regular workouts, muscles shrink 1% to 2% each year. Muscle loss slows down your metabolism; if you don't sweat on a regular basis, you'll probably gain 10 pounds between the ages of 40 and 50, even if your eating habits don't change.20 minutes of weight training, three times a week is a good start. Resistance training also helps in increasing bone density.
 

Horseback riding - Perceived physical benefits of horse riding includes improved balance, posture, strength, flexibility, stability and even walking. Other personal benefits include improved self-esteem, self-concept and socialization. There is still no data on the frequency or duration of riding that's needed to gain these results, but it is a recreational and therapeutic activity which can be enjoyed by women of all ages and abilities.
 

Cross-country skiing (rather than downhill or water)- In terms of all-around aerobic benefits, cross-country skiing is the front runner. Using muscles in the shoulders, back, chest,  abdomen, buttocks, and legs, cross-country skiers can burn as many as six hundred to nine hundred calories per hour. The kick and glide technique, combined with the poling motion to propel you along, can provide a more complete workout than running or cycling, both of which emphasize lower body muscles.

Using muscles in the shoulders, back, chest, abdomen, buttocks, and legs, cross-country skiers can burn as many as six hundred to nine hundred calories per hour.

If you are forty-five or over or not in good shape, check with your doctor before you begin skiing. Gradually build up the amount of time you spend at it. Otherwise you run the risk of overuse strains (such as tendinitis) of the shoulder, knee, and arm.
 

Hiking-is a great way to lose a few excess pounds, thereby improving your physical appearance. The results may not be as fast as people would like, but they will probably be far more permanent and pleasurable than any diet or weight-loss scheme. Hiking helps reverse the negative effects of osteoporosis by increasing the bone density and slowing the rate of calcium loss, thus strengthening the bones and decreasing their susceptibility to break. A slower one-hour hike, at least once a week can be a good workout.

 

Top 10 Exercise Options at 40Water aerobics- Running, jogging and walking underwater in a pool not only strengthens the leg and hip muscles - the quadriceps, hamstrings and gluteals - but helps to develop cardio-respiratory fitness. Water aerobics has an added benefit -- it enables you to burn up calories much more efficiently. Other benefits of water aerobics include increasing strength, flexibility and aquatic capacity. The key is to take it easy at the start. At first, lightly exercise in the shallow end -- walking at this stage will be enough. As your confidence improves, move gradually move to thigh-deep then chest deep water, increasing your speed your speed as you do so. Once you have developed a good technique which is comfortable for you, aim to walk or jog underwater for between 20 to 40 minutes per exercise session.
 

Try to incorporate these activities into you exercise routine for variety & to keep your body fit and healthy as you move towards 40's. Make sure to take permission of your doctor before starting on a cardiovascular routine.

 

Dated 07 May 2012
 

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