It’s important to stay fit at any age. It’s even more important for us women after we hit our 40s. After 40, our metabolisms can begin to slow, our ability to burn fat can slow, and we lose more bone mass. Sometimes conditions like LBL (light bladder leakage) can keep you from feeling as if you want to tackle anything physical. But when we make an effort to stay fit as we age, we improve our physical, mental and overall health.
Stay Fit – 5 Easy Ways to Keep Yourself in Better Health
Staying fit doesn’t mean you have to commit to being a full on gym rat every single spare minute. Getting fit and staying fit can be more about just keeping active and moving your body more often. Fitness looks a little bit different for everyone. What’s important is that you find a goal that works for you and then stick with it. I maintain a fitness routine that is important to me and I make it to the gym at least three times a week for a full hour at least. I like to try new things and novel classes – from Zumba to group fitness, centergy, pilates, yoga and weights. The key for me is to keep at it and to stay interested. I like variety and I enjoy challenges.
The Longest Path
Whether you’re parking your car or making your way through a department store, take the longest possible path. Park at the end of the parking lot. Walk along the outer perimeter of the store, taking the longest route to get to where you need to be. Doing those types of things will add a ton of extra steps to your day, which equates to more calories burned.
Complex Carbs are Your Friend
Simple carbs are the absolutely best way to NOT stay fit. Simple carbs like sugars and refined flour spike your blood sugar, which leads to increased fat storage, hunger, and fatigue. Instead of regular pasta and white bread, opt for whole grain pasta and multi-grain breads. These digest more slowly and help keep your blood sugar on an even keel.
As we age, we lose muscle mass. To combat this muscle loss, we need not only keep moving, we also need to increase our protein intake. Increasing intake of lean proteins like fish, chicken, pork, and leaner cuts of beef can help us retain more muscle mass when we do it in conjunction with moving more.
You might not expect a section on taking a nice long soak or reading a good book to make it into a post on how to stay fit over 40, but these are activities that can greatly enhance your health. Stress is a killer – literally. Stress has been shown to take years off of a person’s life. So limit your stress. Take a nice, hot bath. Read a book. Do something that you love regularly.
One of the biggest hindrances to women and their ability to stay fit over 40 is self confidence. Many women suffer from LBL, and unfortunately, many avoid the things they love just because of a medical issue. I get it. It can be hard to focus on your walk or your weights or whatever activity you’re doing to stay fit when all you can think about is if you’re going to stay fresh. Or if you need to find a bathroom fast. Remember this. There are products out there now that protect you and keep you fresh, which means you can focus on your life rather than your LBL.
Stay Fit for Fabulous 40s and Beyond
It doesn’t take much for us to get started down a path to staying fit for our 40s and beyond. I am more fit in my 40s than I ever was in my 20s. All you need to do is make a few small changes, and you’ll be on your way to a lifestyle allowing you to stay fit. Little changes can mean the difference between success and failure.
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How do you stay fit?