In a time where most of us are chronically time poor and run off our feet, finding time to exercise and make health and fitness a priority is a challenge. When we do find a spare minute (or 45), to squeeze in a workout, we want to ensure we’re getting the most out of it, but few people realise that this often involves customising your workout according to your age group.
Steph Prem shares her top tips to maximise the benefits of exercise at every age.
At this age, your body will function well with heavier loads and recover quickly, so take this opportunity to put yourself to the test. Prevent plateaus by mixing it up and challenging yourself with a mixture of sessions – from dance classes, to Pilates, to circuit weight training. Set dedicated time to core stability in your 20’s and 30’s, strengthening your muscles and preventing issues later in life.
You may notice that you don’t bounce back from a tough session in the gym as quickly as you did in your twenties, so combine high-intensity sessions such as strength, cardio and core stability with stretching is essential. As your schedule gets busier, incidental exercise becomes key. Use every opportunity to get up from your desk and head out for a walk or run each day.
Strength, core stability and stretching are your focus. If you have put in the hard yards in your 30’s, this will have set you up for your 40’s beautifully. Exercise for functionality and your active lifestyle and enjoy walking and light jogging during the week to keep you motivated.
Ditch the intense workouts and focus on strength, flexibility and balance to ensure optimal recovery from exercises. Find an exercise that you enjoy and your body responds well to. Incorporate low impact exercises into your workouts, as they are kinder on your muscles and joints such as swimming, cycling and light weights.
This article originally appeared on The Carousel.
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