How to Stay In Shape in Your 30’s & 40’s

When you were young, it was so easy to get away with eating chips and donuts until your stomach couldn’t take it. Now when you’re 30-40 years old, eating the same amount of healthy food already takes a toll on your body. At some point, you’re going to have to watch for your weight, blood sugar, and your fats.

A Different Kind of Workout

There are so many fitness trends happening today, not to mention the impact technology made on the industry. But not all of these fitness trends are for everyone. To be exact, high-intensity workouts don’t always work on people who are in their 40’s. Also, if you are starting to have back problems, the must-try crunches shouldn’t be in your routine, too.

One of the things that adults should be mindful of is their back. As you get older, the back tends to have a bent posture mainly because of all the activities that make your body bend. If you’ve sat in front of a computer for a long time before, then most probably your back has developed a hunched figure. The same thing happens if you’ve been doing exercises that bend your upper back.

So if that’s the case, then what kind of workout should 30- to 40-year-olds do?

XBoom Fitness, a fitness site created by Eddie Eastwood, talks about how adults should train. Eastwood believes that workouts should be tried, tested, and sustainable. Unlike the trends today, XBoom Fitness focuses on workouts that don’t strain your back. They even have an article avoiding the use of crunches because of the bent posture it leaves on people. You will also see articles on the site that talk about workouts that are doable for those who do not have the luxury of working out 2 hours a day. Eastwood’s philosophy is about creating a workout routine for people who are beginners or who have busy lives that are in their 30’s and over.

Tips for Staying in Shape

Tip #1: Be mindful of your food.

If you think that you can stay in shape by just exercising, then you’re wrong. A big part of being fit is by eating the right amounts of the right foods. This means that you have to be mindful of the carbs and the sugar you consume.

As much as possible, stock up on fiber that is found in green leafy vegetables. It’s also a good idea to switch from white rice to brown rice or quinoa. Carb replacements are now booming in the health industry and replacing your usual 2 cups of rice with healthier alternatives will do wonders to your blood sugar and digestion.

Tip #2: Schedule short training periods.

During this stage of your life, you probably have a family to take care of. This means that you have kids, chores, and more responsibilities at work. So your usual weekday nights won’t always have enough time for you to spend 2 hours in the gym.

The best way to still get your daily exercise is to plan a 30-45-minute workout routine that affects your whole body. Shorter training sessions will allow you to still have time for your responsibilities and make most of the gym time you have.

Tip #3: Focus on mobility exercises.

When you were younger, you would tend to focus on having those perfectly sculpted six-pack abs. But as you grow older, your purpose for staying fit should shift to being physically healthy. This means that your exercises should allow all your joints to move and to have your muscles strengthened. These mobility exercises include stretching, running, and lifting weights. But remember, you shouldn’t go overboard with these things and do them all together.