Why you should be training if you’re over 40

Many believe that that once the body ages it is best to avoid any strenuous activity, or that they are not capable of any activity beacuse of ‘age’. Ever heard of the saying “we dont stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing”? This speasks volumes for th attitude that many hold, particularly in the age of sedentary lifestyles.

There is not an age that you should stop or start physcial activity- however it can become too late for us if we don’t maintain a somewhat healthy lifestyle.

Here’s what you need to know:

  1.  At any age, if you start exercising, the adaptions are huge. This is becasue the body is a machine of adaption, if there has been no ‘stimulus’ to date and you start providiong one- there will only be good results. This effect will lessen as the body gains age, but the principle still stands.
  2. Regular load bearing of any kind will dramatically reduce the occurence of osteoporosis. The national osteoporosis foundation (https://www.nof.org/) says that load bearing exercises can include anything from weightlifting to regular walking.
  3. As we know, age and sedentary lifestyles are big risk factors for diabetes and heart disease, just 30 minutes of walking a day can be said to reduce the likeliness of both. The study is here if you want to look: (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12439651)
  4. If you’re over 40, reversibility will start catching up with you before long if you don’t use your body. If you want to be mobile when you’re in your 60/70’s, then you need to start early. Time is health!

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