If you checked off more nos than yeses on the fitness list, and you're feeling less than hopeful about the future of over-40 fitness, don't worry. You're not doomed, and there is hope. Men around the world prove every day that getting older doesn't have to mean getting out of shape, and with a little attention to your lifestyle and cultural influences, you can too. Here are three of the biggest factors to staying fit:
- Stay active. That saying "move it or lose it" is true. It's harder to get fit again than it is to keep fit in the first place. Family life and a demanding career can make it hard, but try to make staying active a priority to keep from having to work harder later.
- Eat real food. Everyone knows that fast food isn't healthy, but it can be hard to fit cooking and meal prep into a busy day. However, eating real, whole food can make a big difference in your risk of age-related illnesses and your energy level.
- Connect with the community. Accountability is a huge part of staying active, and people who workout with others are more likely to stick with it and maintain their results than those going it alone, according to a study published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology.
If it sounds difficult, that's because it is. But it's also totally worth it. Being over 40 doesn't have to mean resigning yourself to a less-than-best self. If you're ready to take back control of your health and fitness, we can help.