Six quick points to remember when exercising as you grow older:
1. Stretching becomes more important. Stretch prior to exercising to loosen tense muscles and reduce the risk of injury. Stretch after you exercise to help reduce muscle soreness. A quick five minute warm up is not sufficient anymore.
2. You’re not 20 [30,40,50] anymore. Don’t feel like you have to keep up with / compete with the “kids.” This is a recipe for disaster.
3. Build in rest days. Your muscles need more time to fully recover. Allowing your body to recover will reduce the risk of injury and illness.
4. Focus on your form. As you age, your PR’s will be a direct result of good form rather than brute strength. Loss of muscle mass can be offset by perfecting your form.
5. Scale when necessary. Don’t be bull headed, as it will only lead to injury. Listen to your body. If it doesn’t feel right, scale the weight / workout and live to see another day.
6. Exercise good eating habits. In a nutshell, eat as clean as possible and watch your portion sizes. As you get older, you cannot continue to eat the same foods in the same quantities as you did when you were younger.
If you’re 40+ and looking to get your exercise program off the ground, All Heart Cross Fit’s Master’s Class meets Tuesday and Thursday evenings at 6:30pm and Saturday mornings at 8:30am. Cost is $80.00/month. We would love to have you join us.