The 15 Things You May NOT Be Doing That Are Keeping You From Being Fit Into Your 40’s, 50’s and 60’s

Study after study demonstrate that exercise is vital for staying healthy and avoiding chronic illness. Also, strong bodies and fit people continue to move and enjoy life for much longer.

BUT…many people who are getting back to exercising (or are trying to keep up with their exercise program during quarantine) are NOT doing some of the necessary things that will keep them injury free and able to get the most out of their work outs.

As people go through their 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, their bodies are changing again as they start to lose some of their flexibility, discs wear and arthritis starts.

Here are ‘The 15 things you may NOT be doing that are keeping you from being fit into your 40’s, 50’s and 60’s”:

  1. Not Getting Quality Sleep

If you’re not getting at least 8 hours of sleep per night, it could be one reason you are not seeing the results you would hope. Also, not sleeping well enough will slow your results, so stay away from alcohol and caffeine before bed and stay away from the blue light of your phone and tablet for the hour before bedtime.

A lack of sleep, also, weakens your immune system—and this is the worst thing you can do during quarantine.

2. Not Warming Up

Muscles need blood flowing to them so they have the energy and

power to exercise. Joints need to be well lubricated to allow them to continue to move without damaging them. By warming up, the blood will be in the muscles and the lubricating fluid will be in the joints.

Working out on cold muscles and joints are never fun, but with age, we are even more prone to wear to wear and tear which is increased by failing to warm up.

Warm ups should include a 5-10 minute walk or light bike ride. Just as important during quarantine is a good cool down period including stretching.

3. Not Knowing Your True Fitness Level

You want to use the extra time during Quarantine to get back exercising, but somehow you forget the months or years (at times decades) since the last time you worked out consistently, so you take a Zoom class or start working out with an exercise class online and you still think you’re 25 and work out like you used to. Because you think “still got it” and you may still be that athlete, but many times you aren’t that athlete anymore…

…Then you develop a new injury or ache and pain that causes you to stop exercising.