How to get fit after 40

Find a sport that you really love

You may have trouble seeing fitness in a positive light, let alone loving a particular exercise – but it is most likely that you are thinking things too much. Your favorite sport doesn’t have to be a popular – or even an active – one.

If you’d rather swim in the pool than long run or hit the gym, you need to find what you are good at and enjoy. A little sport is also better than watching TV on the sofa – and if you love it, you will be more likely to do it regularly.

According to Kelly Cosentino, Director of Fitness at FitXR, you need to find out what motivates you to move – and keep doing it. “Many physical changes begin around the age of 40, such as a decreased metabolism, and it’s important to stay active not only for your body but also for your mind.”

Go and talk

Whether you’re spending time with family or attending remote meetings, why not be on the go? Working while standing is good for your posture – but also for your body and mind. If you can overcome the social discomfort of being on your feet during a meeting, Brunel University Research suggests that you will benefit from feeling more engaged and confident.

If three or less of you are involved, suggest going up for a walk – walking meetings are supposedly better for brainstorming and exchanging ideas.

When it comes to spending time with family, it’s a great way to spend the day with the family and keep the whole family fit with a long walk and explore new trails – while getting some fresh air.

Stay with your kids

Why not take your 10,000 steps while your kids are playing in the park? Instead of being the parents in the park answering emails while little Llewellyn is running amok, join in – take the opportunity to kick a ball or play tag (check out the World Chase Tag championships to watch see how ridiculously competitive it can get).

If you’re looking for a way to keep fit but need the motivation – or even the responsibility factor – there is always an opportunity to coach your children’s sports team at school. One of the PE teachers will likely lead the activity – but it’s rare that he or she will turn down the help of a volunteer parent.

Home workout

Yes, gyms are open again, but that doesn’t mean home workouts will be stopped entirely.

Something like FitXR is a great option if you’re trying to balance your workouts while taking care of your kids at the same time. No need to go to the gym and can easily place your workouts between your personal life.

FitXR workouts vary in duration – so you can incorporate them into any part of your day – and manage them according to your kids’ schedules too. If you are able to purchase multiple VR headsets, you can even have fun with the multiplayer feature and play and exercise with your kids.

Take the stairs

Yes, we’ve heard it all, but you can get and stay really fit by always opting for the stairs. Whether you are running up and down at home or in the office, or walking up and up the train station instead of staying on the escalators to the right, this underrated form of training is a successful one.

It’s valid today as always, and while it may only take a few minutes, it all adds up and provides moderate activity that keeps your body from idling your metabolism. It is this type of fitness that also makes you feel brighter and more perky as you get older.

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