fit beyond 40
Life as a young, fit, healthy and toned guy/girl does not end in your 20´s, your 30´s, 40´s or 50´s, not even in your 60´s or 70´s (and that fit and healthy, young and happy feeling "limit" will only keep on moving up, up and up).
There are of course things that do change as we mature and grow through life.
But almost all of the things related to getting out of shape (and less healthy) over the years is due to the continued accumulation of your own habits and choices and not due to the quite minor biological changes happening.
Yes, there are biological changes but in all honesty they are quite small and can be greatly, if not entirely offset by your choice of lifestyle. (the lower testosterone production in men and girls is a great example, the change really is small, but it do affect us. But that effect can be greatly averted, perhaps even made entirely mute and reversed).
And the ones we cant control today, well we dont have to waste energy worrying about what we cant change right?.
But even in those big ass cases such as cancer, Alzheimer's and our biologically possible life span, science are making progress by the leaps and bounds as i write this and you read this. And most of those things, as big as they might seem , and therefore out of your control, already do get greatly affected by your own basic life style choices such as food and training.
As such, they can also be made much worse by your own choices. And the accumulation of a persons choices is primarily the age related decline we most often see in others when we talk about people getting old and out of shape (or how some seem ageless and as young and healthy as always)
No one actually has to settle for more body fat as we age unless we allow it to happen (or life throws us a big can of shit and hale storms)
No one really has to loose muscle mass unless we allow it. Grow slow and week, confused and tired.
In most cases it comes down to how you eat and train and keep active, healthy and happy, week in week out. Why so many end up more out of shape in their 40´s then compared to how they used to be in their 20´s is due to the 20 years in-between of eating crappy food (or to much of the good food), drinking and drugs and training to little.
And vice versa. People that look fit, young, toned and sexy in their 40´s and 50´s and 60´s do so due to keeping their discipline week in, week out. There is no magic or secrets to it, there is no genetics preventing you from getting in better shape (or out of shape) even tho some people are of course a few % more blessed with good genetics that makes it easier. That is all it do however, making it easier by a few %.
So, no matter where you are on the scale of life. Dont get discouraged.
Just go out and claim the baby steps you need to be who you want your future self to one day be.
It´s all about making a choice of how you want to progress in health, body and mind the next 20, 30 or 40 years and then sticking to it.
For instance, the model in this write up is 45 years old and obviously looking both young and fit in a feminine way. And she also proves another point, it´s never to late to make that change happening.
Having gone from being fit in her 20´s to allowing herself to get out of shape in a bad way after two pregnancies, as she turned 41 she decided to start working out again and reclaiming health, body and her fit and active life style.
And my own gf is today better looking then ever, in looks body and health. Not sure the same can be said of me, lol, but in all honesty - perhaps it can =) (and i am certainly not complaining at all about my current fitness level and health).
In either case, both me and my gf and this model is just 3 out of the millions of people out there already living and proving that anyone, regardless of age can get in great shape and get healthier and younger looking just by your own daily choices and doing so, while living a happy, fulfilling life.
But dont take my opinion for it. It´s simple science, a simple fact.
For good and bad, our health and fitness level, depends much more on your daily choices then anything else. No need to fear age people, it prevents very little. Instead, one could argue that time is your best friend when it comes to getting fit and toned and healthy.
Because getting in shape, staying in shape, and improving your health, it takes time.
So, wherever you are on that journey. Today is a great day to kick some ass :).
Writer: +Michael A Koontz
Model: Maggie Corso, http://www.maggiecorso.com/
Photographer: Pavel Ythjallquick real fit and active adviceMeal frequency
I recently read a recent article about maximizing body fat loss.
And sadly it was one more article by a respectable resource that insists on people eating plenty of meals during the day to increase your metabolism.
But no, it doesnt actually work like that. It´s an old myth turned real due to the persistence of time i guess.
But it is a myth and has no up to date science backing it.
If you enjoy 3 meals per day stick to that, and if you prefer 5 meals per day, then eat 5 times per day. . 3 meals or 8 meals per day do nothing to change the amount of body fat you loose.
It´s all about the quality and amount of what you eat and the quality and persistence of how you train and keep active.lift heavy weights
YES. :P. Yes, this is something you really should do. Guys and girls alike. Lift challenging weights every week, no girl or guy will ever wake up all hulking big by lifting heavy, it takes years upon years to get there even for a gifted guy. And girls actually have to
lift challenging and intense, week in week out to even get close to looking like the model in this write up do.
Girls simply can not get more muscular and toned then this by training hard and eating healthy in a natural way (and please do keep it natural girls - and guys).Water
Not only is water good for your skin and health, but it also greatly impact your energy levels in life and workouts. So yes, that one is true, keep it real and keep hydrated. But please keep in mind that you dont have to drink so much that you are running to the potty every 20 minutes :P.cardio
Do daily "daily life, low intense" cardio, like walking outdoors for 20-30 minutes, doing some gardening in the summer, taking the steps instead of elevator. The bike instead of your car and so forth.
it´s good for you.
And 2-3 days per week switch it up and do some real , hiit based cardio for 10 to 20 minutes per time, that will increase fat burn and cardio performance, while not getting in the way of keeping or increasing your lean muscle mass.
Unless the greatest joy in life is spending hours every day running on the treadmill or outside in the forest. You do not need to do that to be fit and toned, and most people should not since it only makes it harder, if not impossible to get a fit and muscularly toned and strong body.
Either do your cardio several hours before your weight lifting, or after it.Do compound exercises
We all have some quirky fav exercises that we do because we love em. But the ones that everybody should do every week is the big compound exercises because those are the ones that will generate the biggest improvements to your body and your health.
They both build lean muscle mass and up your body fat loss much better then small targeted exercises ever will.
SO in other words.
Incorporate Squats, Dead lifts, Standing row, chins and bench press in your routine, week in, week out, no matter your age and current fitness levels.
Just make sure you do em properly and listen to your body.food is about quality first of all
Yes it is. Calories are all good and all to keep an eye on.
But the biggest one is the quality of the food and what nutrients it has.
I mean, i am assuming that your health is important too and not just your looks :). So, go for quality food with good, quality protein, fat and slow quality carbs, no added sugar and salt, no crappy fillers and weirdness.
Just to say it tho. You do of course have to keep some self control of the amount of food you are eating too. No matter how healthy the food is, there is an upper and lower limit on how much or little you can eat and still be healthy and fit.
But your body and your mirror will keep you informed on whether or not you are eating to much or to little - if you just listen to it.
In other words.
Eat greens, fruits (i know, lots of fruit sugar in fruit... but it´s the kind of carbs that really will not keep you from being healthy and fit, unless you are gunning to be the worlds best fitness model perhaps. But even then, fruit has so much health related stuff), whole grains, eggs, chicken and drink milk without all the weird modern day shit added to it.
Keep your food simple, eat it and cook it in ways you enjoy. And keep to this small list and you actually have it all covered.
I know, fish is quality food too, but i left it out because fish in it´s current modern state is an unsustainable food industry that really should take a break and let the sea replenish - and in a lot of cases also a case of you not actually knowing how much unhealthy stuff there is in the fish you eat due to how we pollute the seas and how fish is one of those species that stores all the filth we pour out in to the waters.
So, for now i would not recommend anyone to eat fish, unless you just loooove the taste.sleep
From your health, to looking as young as possible, to loosing body fat, to building muscles, and even your brains capacity for feeling fun, happy, horny and fulfilled.
Sleep is the mother of all!.
Dont freak out if you cant sleep some days, it happens to us all.
But turn off those gadgets hours before you go to bed.
And no coffee after 1700. Get some sunlight earlier in the day and so forth. Do what you can do promote the natural day cycle of our body and it´s hormone system. If you really do feel fresh with 5 hours of sleep, go with that. But be honest to yourself and give yourself the sleep your body tells you it needs and not what you tell yourself your body needs. #yourfitnesstribe #healthylifestyle