Staying Fit After 40 – Quick Tips To Get Your Energy Going!

guy bench-pressingA lot of people say that after you hit 40 staying in shape gets really hard. Many complain that once you get to this stage in life that your metabolism slows down and it is natural to feel a persistent lack of energy compared to when you were younger. That may or may not be true, but I say that no matter how hard it is you should still try to do what you can to stay fit and energetic as possible.

Really, starting the day right is everything. When you’re pumped and ready right at the start of the day, you can turn the beginning of your day into a great one and transform it into an excellent one. Aside from having a healthy breakfast, it’s also important to get your body going and ready for anything.

1 -Work Out in the Morning, If Possible

Making sure that your body stays healthy is important, not just for looking good, but feeling good as well. And one of the key components of having a great morning is by exposing your body to a couple of quick morning exercises to get your energy going, your momentum running, and basically making sure that you look and feel your best for whatever lies ahead.

2 – Warm Up Your System

As with every exercise, you always want to start by stretching those muscles. Coming from a good six to eight hour resting period means that your muscles are probably still sleeping, and will need that gentle push so as not to get startled.

3 – Do Some Side Arm Stretches

Start with simple, effective sideĀ arm stretches. Take your right arm and carefully raise it above your head and put your left arm on your waist. Slowly and surely, lean your body to the left side and feel your entire right side open up. Do this for eight counts. Next, take your left arm, raise it above your head, and with your right arm at your waist, do the same to stretch the left side of your body.

4 – Don’t Forget Leg Stretches

After stretching your arms, your legs now need stretching. For a good morning stretch, take your left leg way back and your right leg to the front (in a lunge position). As you stretch the muscles in your hind leg (left leg), check and make sure that your right leg is directly above your toes, making sure that you have balance. Do this for eight counts. After stretching the left leg out, switch legs and do the same stretches for your right leg.

Get Your Energy Going!

One sure-fire way to get your energy going is to do a quick cardio exercise for ten to twenty minutes. One option is to jump rope, even just for 20 minutes. A popular choice for the working class is to also do a quick jog or run. If you’re feeling calm and cool, yoga is also a very good option.



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