Get Your Best Body Yet, After 40!

If you are in your 40’s and 50’s, you may have discovered lately that your life isn’t really slowing down and that you seem to still be on the ‘go’ all the time. And let’s face it, you might be getting tired a little more easily, which means you are exercising less, and the energy you used to have when you were in your 30’s seems to be disappearing. All these factors combined, can lead to that creeping fat development and subtle weight gain that seems to appear out of nowhere.

What’s really happening to my body?

Your body composition of lean tissue and fat tissue gets flipped as you age. So there is greater fat and less muscle tissue which in return doesn’t support the same level of metabolism you once had. Muscle is more metabolically active than fat. You might be thinking that this is the normal part of the aging process and there is nothing you can do to turn back the hands of time.

But there is good news!

You can have that slim and sexy body after 40 and perhaps be in even better shape than you were in your 30’s!  The changes of an aging body are actually preventable, and can be significantly improved by simple lifestyle changes that you can start today!

  1. Look for every possible opportunity to move, even during your work day. Take the stairs when possible. Park farther away when you go to the store. Take a short walk during your lunch hour. Invest in a Fitbit and track how many steps you take. Make it a goal to get up to 10,000 steps a day to help tilt the odds in your favor.
  2. Maintain lean muscle mass with structured resistance training. A personal trainer can create a customized plan of just 20 to 30 minute sessions that can often offset physical decline and improve bone health.
  3. Get your heart pumping with interval cardio training three to four times a week. It not only improves cardiovascular health, but it also helps control blood sugar and cholesterol.
  4. Focus on portion control in your diet and eat nutrient dense foods. Research shows time and time again, that restrictive diets are not sustainable over a long duration and you won’t stick with it. You get too hungry because you aren’t eating enough calories and then you tend to gorge yourself during your next meal. Choose whole foods, including fruits, veggies and grains, rather than processed and refined foods.

 

Everything mentioned above, can be accomplished with the help of a personal trainer who actually dedicates their lives to help you reach your goals at whatever age you are ready to make that positive change in your health. One of the most important steps is to remember that if you want to change, you need to do it for yourself and for no one else’s benefit. Make sure you check out Fit 2 Function’s testimonial page of some clients who have taken an amazing journey towards a healthier lifestyle. What are you waiting for? Get started today!

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