So you’ve hit the age of 40. But unlike what you might have been thinking, the world hasn’t quite ended yet! The age really is just a number but it’s also important that we keep ourselves in shape, the older we get.
So in this article, we’ll discuss the best workout for a 40 year old man, who wants to keep in shape, lose excess fat and be strong enough to overcome what life has to throw at him.
Here are some tips to help:
#1 – High Intensity Workouts
A high intensity workout has many benefits. One being that they get the metabolism going which helps to burn fat but the other is they can be done quickly too. No need to run on the treadmill for 45 minutes, when a HIIT workout can burn more calories in 20 minutes.
If you don’t know what a HIIT workout is, it’s basically where you go hard for a short period of time, then slow down and then speed up again. So for example, you jog for 30 seconds, then sprint for 20 seconds, then jog for 30 seconds again. Keep repeating that sequence.
An over 40 HIIT workout doesn’t have to be running, it can be any form of aerobic exercise you enjoy doing. You’ll quickly notice that they are quite hard to do and you’ll be out of breathe fast. But the outcome is that you’ll burn a lot of calories and the body continues to burn calories long after the workout is over.
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#2 – Get Enough Protein
As your body ages, it will begin to lose muscle mass. Therefore, it’s important you try and keep this up by consuming enough protein in your diet. A good rule of thumb is to try and include some form of protein in every meal you have. Protein powder can come in really handy for this.
You can use protein powder in drinks, on your cereal, in pancakes and anywhere else you choose. By doing this, it will lower your GI level and your body will be able to keep the muscle mass you have and not let it waste away.
#3 – Try Something New
If you perform the same exercises day in, day out, then your body will get used to them. It will know what calories to keep and which to burn.
But you can trick it into burning more by mixing up your exercises. Try new exercise routines that use various parts of your body. Keep doing this on a regular basis and your body will start using stored fat as fuel because it doesn’t know what is happening.
There are lots of different ways to get a variety of workouts into your weekly schedule. Cycling, running, tennis, squash, badminton, rowing, volleyball, football and dance classes are just some various things you can do each week.
Along with the tips mentioned above, you should always try and get one day a week of rest too. It’s important for your body to recover, after you’ve been putting it through it’s paces.
The best workout for a 40 year old man is one that pushes the body just enough, but not too much that can result in injuries. If you have a well balanced diet that includes plenty of protein and exercise several times a week, then you should be in good shape to keep the weight off and be the best version of yourself for many years to come.
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