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The Real Secret To Staying Physically Active Longer As You Get Older

Jan 7th 2014 at 7:55 PM

Progress has changed our lives in many ways. In times past, people seemed to reach their physical peak in their 30s before they began to slow down. Now with modern medicine and advancement in so many health treatments, that peak has been surpassed and now people are peaking well into their 40s and 50s. There’s no magical potion that helps us to stay stronger longer, but it is simply learning how to take care of our bodies and making the necessary adjustments as we get older. Selene Yeager of Prevention Magazine explains,

Losing weight after 40 is not as hard as you think. Although strength training is key, new research shows that how you train can make a difference between so-so results and metabolism that stays in high gear, burning fat and showing off lean muscle.

Try some of these tips to see better improvement in your fitness level:

stretchStretching

You need to be flexible in order to get through your busy lifestyle. A loss of flexibility is a natural part of aging but you can counteract its effects by regular stretching exercises. Add to that the fact that the repetitive movements that you do on a daily basis can sometimes pull your body out of balance. Targeting specific areas where your muscles may have either tightened or loosened up to bring them back in alignment can help to improve your sense of balance and coordination. Stretching also lengthens your muscles for a leaner look.

Recovery

If you have consistently been physically active throughout your life you’ve probably noticed that you cannot function at the same level you did 20 years ago. When you were younger you were probably able to workout every day for long hours at a time, but as you age, you can’t seem to maintain that same level of exertion. In order to continue to maintain a high level of fitness you need to schedule more recovery time between intense workouts. Your body needs that extra time for rest and to give your muscles time to rebound.

Antioxidants

Exposure to free-radicals in the environment is one of the main causes of aging. One way to fight off the effects of this damaging exposure is to consume vitamins that help to fight against and repair the damages caused by free-radicals. Antioxidants like Vitamins C and E can also work to reduce the effects of a post-workout muscle soreness helping you to recover faster from your exercise regimen.

Efficiency

Learn more about your body and how it works and reacts to different types of training. As we get older and mature we tend to become more efficient in all areas of our lives. The knowledge we have helps us to avoid unnecessary functions that waste time and energy. This same rule of thumb should apply to your fitness routine as well. The more you learn about how your body responds to the stresses you put on it the more you’ll understand how to adjust your fitness routine so that you can do shorter workouts and get the same results. From this you can design a training program that maximizes your efforts with minimal output becoming a more efficient athlete.

According to Rick Guter from Howtobefit.com, you can control your aging process by working smarter and more efficiently so that you can stay physically active for much longer,

There’s no magic to longevity in sports, and recreational activities are as capable of achieving it as the elites. It’s simply a matter of taking care of your body when you’re young and adapting your training and lifestyle in appropriate ways as you get older.

Learning how to use your body to your advantage can make a major difference in how well you will function in everything you do as you get older.

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