It doesn’t matter how young or old you are-maintaining a healthy lifestyle through a nutritious diet and regular exercise is vital at any age. But as we grow older, physiological changes associated to aging start to show. Some of these changes include the decrease of our heart’s efficiency, the ability of the body to utilize oxygen and bone density. While we can’t stop the aging process of our body, we can definitely slow down and improve these physiological changes.
Who says you can’t be fit and fabulous when you’re 40 or beyond? Read on to find tips how a forty-something man like you can still be sexy.
1. Set a goal
Set a fitness goal for yourself and commit to it. Simply wanting to lose weight or to improve your cardio won’t do you any good unless you take action. Allot 2-3 hours a day for exercise and create a routine. Stick to that routine until you e achieve your desired outcome. Keep in mind that you’re not getting any younger, if you want to be fit, the right time to start is now.
2. Ditch the diet
If you want to be fit, you don’t have to go on a diet. All you have to do is to eat a balanced meal 3 times a day and you’re good. Diets, especially when not committed to can only result to yo-yo weight gain and loss. Eating nutritious food regularly such as fruits and vegetables, proteins, healthy fats, whole grains, calcium-rich foods and plenty of water will not only keep your health in excellent condition, but will help trim your belly as well.
3. Keep yourself active
When you reach your forties, you should start addressing the physiological changes that aging brings. Keeping your heart healthy should be at the top of your priorities so regular cardiovascular exercises are vital. When you have a daily workout routine, work on your cardio at least 3 times a week, but when you don’t, find an activity like swimming or jogging and do this also a minimum of 3 times a week.
Cardiovascular exercises and resistance training are both vital in avoiding age-related muscle loss and increasing bone strength.
4. Surround yourself with like-minded people
It is natural for you to feel lack of motivation in the middle of trying to be fit, especially when you workout or exercise alone. Sometimes all you need is a little healthy competition, support and some company to keep you going. Try joining a class or finding a gym buddy. This way, you will less likely skip your sessions when you know that someone else is waiting for you.