During these years, exercise may be more about enjoying yourself and looking good. But a regular fitness programme is one of the best things you can do to maintain your physical and mental wellbeing as you age. Getting into good habits now will help you stay strong, avoid illness and feel good now and throughout your life.
Mix aerobic and strength exercises: aerobic exercises like running and cycling are great for your heart and overall health. But get into the habit of doing weight training too. It will not only help to keep you in shape but also maintain the strength in your muscles and bones, reducing the risk of problems like back pain as you get older.
Work it into your day: however good your routine, you probably won’t stick to it if it doesn’t fit into your life. Find the times and places that work for you, whether it’s lunchtimes at the gym or a bootcamp after work.
Try yoga or pilates: gentle exercises like these can help rebalance your body between periods of exertion and sitting in front of your computer. They can also help your body recover after pregnancy and maintain muscle flexibility as you age.
Use an app: fitness apps are getting better all the time and can be a great way to track your progress and boost motivation if you’re exercising on your own. Apps like My Fitness Pal do everything for you, except the exercise itself.
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