As with wrinkle free skin, non-existent hangovers and copious amounts of energy, there are many things you probably miss about your 20s. Another one is how quickly you can get fit and into an exercise routine. But in your busy 30s and 40s, a consistent exercise routine may be something that wavers as your life fills up with relationships, a career and possibly children.
Daily doses of exercise have been proven to help with so many things though including stress, obesity, heart disease and diabetes – so it’s worth starting up again if you’ve taken a break from exercise. Whether you’re dusting off those trainers or simply increasing the intensity of your existing workouts, here are some things to consider when exercising in your 30s and 40s:
1. Consistency is key
As you get older, you have to work harder to see results. Consistency is therefore vital to a successful exercise regime, so keep at it and you’ll soon enjoy it much more, and reap the rewards.
2. Follow your preferences
As you mature, you get to know yourself better: what you like and what you don’t like, plus what works for your body. Some people simply don’t enjoy strength training and prefer yoga or walking. Others want to partake in team sports and are motivated by exercising with others. If you enjoy a certain form of exercise, you are much more likely to continue with it.
3. Acknowledge injuries
Ever been to yoga class and the instructor asks about injuries and no one sticks up their hand? Be that person. There’s no use risking further injury by not telling them about your dodgy knee or your lower back injury. They can then advise on any specific movements that you shouldn’t do, so you can get the most out of your exercise. Also ensure that you sort out any niggling issues as soon as they occur, by seeing a physiotherapist or even going for a sports massage to reduce any muscle tension.
4. Put it in your schedule
You’re a busy woman. Schedule your week’s worth of exercise in your diary the Sunday night before the week begins and then communicate to your work, partner or other family on your plans. That way they can support you with any tasks or chores, so that you have the time to dedicate to your health and happiness.
5. Listen to your body
As with many health-related aspects of your life, listen to what your body is telling you. Perhaps after a few days of high intensity, your aching muscles are crying out for an hour of yoga? Maybe a little niggle in your hip is simply telling you not to go running for the third day in a row? Not forcing your body beyond its limits will ensure you work out in a way that’s safe for you and enjoyable too.
6. Get some good gear
Here at Female for Life, we know that life’s too short for badly fitting or unflattering active wear! As you get older, you also know what suits you best, whether it’s our Lovely and Loose Sports tops in various colours, our High Rise Leggings or our Relaxed Workout Top. Good exercise gear can go a long to motivating you more and improving your confidence while you’re being active.
Lastly, have fun! We love exercise not only for its physical benefits, but also for the endorphins it produces and the associated happiness we feel. Life is there to be lived to the full – get out there and soak it up.