You have heard it said that your age is merely a number and in many respects that is true, however when it comes to getting in shape it can play an important role in how. Many people use their age as an excuse not to get in shape or lead a healthy lifestyle including a decent workout regimen.
The first thing you should know is that your age is not a note from mom and dad letting you out of physical education. When you approach healthy eating, weight training and cardio, training correctly there is no reason why you cannot be healthy not to mention in great shape no matter how old you are.
If you are interested in reshaping your body, becoming healthy and fit, losing weight and or increasing bone density weightlifting and bodybuilding are exactly what you are looking for. Besides everyone knows that people who are fit and trim have better self-esteem and generally feel better about life as a whole.
Exercise also has depression busting ability. You see exercise releases chemicals in the brain called endorphins, which give you a feeling of well being and happiness.
Okay, now that we have discovered some of the benefits let us talk about the reality of being 40 and trying to get into shape. You may have to change up a few things in the routines but you do not have to fall victim to a too old mentality.
When we age muscles and joints are not as flexible as they were when you were 20 so you will need to pay special attention to proper stretching and warm up exercises. Take 15 minutes and devote it to stretching muscles and joints. This will give you better flexibility and decrease your risk of injury to muscles and joints. The better you do this 15-minute routine the more conditioned your muscles will get.
Next in line is a 15-minute cardiovascular workout. You can do this on an elliptical machine, stair stepper, treadmill or stationary bike. Do not approach this as a marathon, however you should get your heart rate sped up a bit and continue to build on the limbering you have just finished. This point of your routine is to get the blood flowing and put your body on notice that you are serious about getting some work done.
Lightweights should be your next step. When you are using free weight training or circuit training, go through your complete routine without the use of heavy weights. You can then follow up with appropriate weights and repetitions.
A pyramid system works wonders for many bodybuilders. This workout regimen begins with many reps with lightweights and decreasing the number of reps as you increase the weight. If you want to add bulk and muscle this is a sure fire way to do so.
One of the most important things to remember is to keep proper form with every move. It is better to cut back on the repetitions or weights than to have poor form. Keep the position of your body foremost in your mind. Proper form not only gives you the best results but also reduces the risk of injury.
Keep your weight routines to a maximum of 30-45 minutes each and focus on working out at least four times every seven days. When you have completed a weight training routine, you can return to a quick cardio session to cool down and further strengthen your lungs and heart.
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