Exercising over 40 – What is Your Best Option?

I remember the exact moment I realized my body started to fall apart. OK, that statement might be too harsh but at the of 30 I couldn’t do certain things I did back when I was 23, which is the age when we all feel invincible and we think it’s going to last forever. Well, guess what: it’s not.

As you reach 40, you are going to have to accept the fact that your hair is starting to migrate from your scalp to your back, or that you’ve gradually lost the ability to break down dairy products. It’s even worse if you’re a bookworm, like me, which means you will put on a few (or not so few) excess pounds. While you can’t do anything to stop your hair from becoming gray, or losing it altogether, there is something you can do regarding your overall physical shape and health.

Seeing as I begin every kind of research by reading the appropriate literature, I’ve come across a book over 40 exercisecalled “Exercising over 40 for Dummies”, by a small group of authors, which offers some useful and insightful information about, you’ve guessed, how people over the age 40 can get in shape and what exercises they should perform.

You might think that there’s not much to it, you just go out there and jog or lift weights. You’d be wrong. The thing is, if you are of certain age, you might be slightly overweight, which might put additional strain on your joints during exercise, so running is usually out of the question. Or your weight is fine, but your knees are not what they used to be, so traditional exercises might cause additional damage as opposed to helping you, which is why you might consider investing into exercise equipment such as an elliptical trainer, stationary bike or a rowing machine.

The book strongly recommends introducing exercise equipment into your over 40 workout regimes. It makes the case for helping to reduce strain on the body and to maintain interest. One type of machine they focus on is the elliptical trainer which is ideally suited to people of all ages and physical abilities. If like me you aren’t even sure what an elliptical trainer is, there are some great online resources –  Elliptical Machine Advice.com is one I used for an in-depth overview on ellipticals including reviews and general workout information.

What makes elliptical trainers and similar equipment ideal for people over the age of 40 is the fact that they provide you with a low-impact workout which reduces strain and stress on your joints, tendons, hips, and back. Also, they are excellent at simulating the natural motion of the human body during exercise. In addition to that, they offer a full body workout, instead of focusing on a single muscle group.

You can still target specific muscles with an elliptical trainer, whether it’s your upper or lower body. If your primary concern is losing all of that excess weight, you can one of the pre-programmed exercise routines, which, couples with the data gathered by the heart rate monitor, inform you when you are in the fat-burning zone, which will help you achieve the desired results more quickly.

Of course, I’ve started this by recommending a book, which you should read by all means, because it offers some great tips, but now is the time to get off the couch and do something about it. The book certainly got my attention and did provide some useful tips and general information – probably best suited to absolute beginners.

The biggest takeaway for me was an introduction to the elliptical trainer. I hadn’t even realized that these existed! If like me you are a bit behind the times with the latest fitness trends the book “Exercising over 40 for Dummies” could be a good read.

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Elliptical Trainers and Low Impact Workouts

Low-impact workouts are all the rage these days, and if you’re in the workout scene, you’ve probably heard the term, but may not be familiar with it. In simple terms, low-impact is a workout that will reduce the impact that happens when your feet hit a hard surface. Running is a good example of a high-impact workout.

Is this a new thing? Certainly not.It’s not some fad that’s going to come and go. People have been doing elliptical machines, yoga, and swimming for a long time, and these are all perfect examples of low-impact workouts. Elliptical machines are the perfect low-impact workout, as you can get a great workout without any impact. What’s wrong with impact? It can increase your chances of complications and injuries, which isn’t good!elliptical cardio

This workout allows you to have your cake and eat it too. You can have an amazing workout without hurting your joints. If you haven’t considered it, try out an elliptical machine. But just what does the word “elliptical” even mean, anyway? It’s when you move the pedals and the machine forms an elliptical pattern. It simulates running without ever hitting the pavement. Your arms and legs are on the machine at all times, so you won’t have to worry about blowing your ankles and knees. Besides that, elliptical machines are customizable. You can get whatever workout you desire out of them. You can change up their resistance, speed, and incline in order to get the workout you desire. Whether you’re new or advanced, the elliptical doesn’t discriminate.

So how does it do for fat-burning? Elliptical machines are actually one of the best workouts you can have. In a normal workout, you can shed up to 900 calories. This all depends on how intense you have it, though. But it goes without saying that you’ll need to make sure that your diet is in check, both to keep your energy going and to give you an ideal caloric intake.

A low-impact workout is also great for those who are injured. People use it all the time in physical therapy or when they’re injured. It’s also great for elderly athletes or those who are extremely unfit. As it’s bendable to all, ellipticals are great, especially if you can afford to get one at home.

With the hips, knees, and ankles being protected, ellipticals are the way to go. They won’t keep them sore, but instead insure that they’re healthy for now and for the future. If you’re looking for an alternative to running, this can give you a better workout. Not only will your joints be free of strain, but you’ll get just as good of a workout. It’s great for all!