Getting your BEST body at 40 can sound like a gimmick, the needle in a haystack, but I can guarantee you it’s not. You can look look and feel better in your 40’s and up than you did in your 20’s, but like with all things worth having, it will take some work and a change of mindset. Personally this is a subject I am passionate about, having been in the fitness industry for over 25 years, I have always always believed you can have a great body at ANY age and this has been what I am committed to helping my clients create. It is also the reason why I have specialised in training client over the age of 35 with guaranteed results based on a specific nutrition and training programme I have developed to target the specific problem we encounter as we get older, such as lack of flexibility, loss of muscle and reduced energy. Here I share my top 5 tips on getting your best body at 40 and up...
Believe that you can and set goals
The first step to getting back in shape always starts with a the belief that you can. There really is no point paying for a gym membership or a personal trainer if you don’t believe that you are able to get in the best shape of your life. Spend sometime really thinking about what you want to achieve with your training programme and set yourself some realistic goals broken down into time frames, for example fitting into a certain outfit by Christmas. Setting goals every 6-8 weeks, gives you timeframes to measure your progress against and when you achieve your goal, you’ll feel even more inspired to continue.
As we age, our metabolism slows down. In order to rev up your metabolic engine again, there are a few fail safe time you can follow. Never miss breakfast (your grandmother was onto something when she said it was the most important meal of the day), having at least a light breakfast every day encourages your metabolism to get into action. Eat protein at every meal this does not have to be meat based protein if you are a vegetarian or vegan but protein lean proteins leave you feeling fuller for longer, helping you to resist the urge to snack, Drink lots of water a study from the University of Utah found that people who drink 8-12 glasses of water per day had a higher metabolic rate than those who drank only 4. Finally Eat more, although this sound counter productive, eating smaller meals more frequently is the best way to get your metabolism moving and help you to keep in shape.
Time is a real issue for most of my clients, they are either in the stride of a very successful and demanding career, they are balancing a careers with raising a family, or raising families. All of which are incredibly time consuming, and it can be difficult to make time for yourself whilst you’re busy putting everyone else first. It is important to carve out real time in the day which is just for you to train, most of my clients tend to find it better if they do this first thing in the morning as otherwise lots of expected and unexpected things get it the way. Try getting up 1 hour earlier and heading straight to the gym, do this for 2 weeks and you’ll find yourself really looking forward to it.
Try my PlyoHitt training programme
Over the years I have developed a very special training programme which I created when I noticed by body began to plateau. Plyohitt training allows you to focus on stamina, flexibility and strength through a series circuit style plyometric exercises which target the entire body. Contact me if you want more details about Plyohitt and its guaranteed results.
Fit is a journey, NOT a destination
Finally and this is a statement I really believe in, long term fitness can only be guaranteed through a consistent, committed, regular diet and exercise programme. There really are no short cuts, so enjoy the journey !