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NO MATTER YOUR AGE IT IS A GOOD TIME TO START EXERCISING

NO MATTER YOUR AGE IT IS A GOOD TIME TO START EXERCISING

‘Old’ can be defined as ‘twenty years older than the person talking about it’. In your teens, 40 years old is unthinkable. In your thirties, 50 sounds really past-it. But speak to any 70-year-old and they will have a completely different opinion!

But in some situations, people decide that they are already too old. A recent American survey asked about barriers to exercise.  The researchers were somewhat surprised to find that two-fifths of respondents had defined an age where they were too old to work out regularly. And that age was a mere 41!

IS 41 REALLY TOO OLD TO EXERCISE?

Of course not.  In fact, exercise becomes even more important from your mid-thirties on. That’s because the natural ageing process means that we start to lose muscle mass from that point. Muscles keep us moving and support our bones. Keeping both bone and muscle strong are big factors in not just a long life, but a healthy one.

SO WHAT MADE PEOPLE THINK ‘TOO OLD?’

Digging a little deeper, the actual reason for not exercising as the big 4-0 hits wasn’t age. It was lack of time. For most people, the thirties and forties are the peak kid and job decades. That means being really busy and pulled in lots of different directions. It probably also means financial strain and overall exhaustion.

Later in life people can be put off by gym images featuring lots of twenty-somethings. Real life isn’t like that, so don’t fall for ‘gymtimidation’ !

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I’M NEW TO EXERCISE?

Forget school sports. There are so many ways to get exercise and any type of movement counts. Swimming, fitness classes of all kinds, running, cycling, dancing – there really is something for everyone and any fitness level. And with one or more Hussle passes, getting fit need not cost an arm and a leg.

It is never too late to get fitter and healthier. Commit to exercise, it will pay off whatever your age.

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Jessica Ambrose

Jessica is a fitness writer who loves long distance running, yoga, strength training and healthy eating.

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