Fit after 40?

  • ytOwen

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    Jan 07, 2013 1:50 AM GMT
    Hi Guys!

    I just turned forty, and I'm wondering ... ... ...

    For those of you who consider yourself fit and are over forty:
    What advice would you give to someone who wants to
    stay in shape?

    Cheers!

    Owen!




  • HottJoe

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    Jan 07, 2013 1:52 AM GMT
    Get laid more.
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    Jan 07, 2013 1:52 AM GMT
    Well, I'm not over 40 yet, but my mom is 50 and she has a six-pack.

    She does Zumba for the most part, and I think she lifts weights every two weeks (but she's not trying to get built).
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    Jan 07, 2013 1:53 AM GMT
    This thread is so ageist! icon_mad.gif
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    Jan 07, 2013 1:55 AM GMT
    I don't think there's a trick really?
    20 or 40, just eat well, exercise, get plenty of rest and stay away from drugs (and alcohol).
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    Jan 07, 2013 1:58 AM GMT
    yourname2000 said
    Get out of here, 32 yo. icon_evil.gif


    one day I'll be 40 and THEN you'll be sorry! icon_mad.gif
  • HottJoe

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    Jan 07, 2013 2:00 AM GMT
    Claystation said
    yourname2000 said
    Get out of here, 32 yo. icon_evil.gif


    one day I'll be 40 and THEN you'll be sorry! icon_mad.gif


    Duh, he'll be 80.icon_lol.gif
  • TheAlchemixt

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    Jan 07, 2013 5:31 AM GMT
    I love me a fit man after 40, yum! I like fit guys at any age though.
  • Destinharbor

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    Jan 07, 2013 5:46 AM GMT
    Get s a scale, weigh every day, and never let your weight drift above a specific max target. If the weight goes on, it is damn difficult to get it off. Even if you feel you're adding muscle. Too easy to kid yourself.
  • MidwesternKid

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    Jan 07, 2013 5:47 AM GMT
    HottJoe saidGet laid more.


    Ill help!
  • tyler_helm

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    Jan 07, 2013 5:52 AM GMT
    Turned forty about a year and a half ago. Little midlife crisis. I cut my calories (mainly by reducing soda) started P90X and started thinking about How I was going to spend the next 40 years.

    Not one huge paradigm shift but a slow series of making better choices that developed into a better lifestyle.
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    Jan 07, 2013 6:04 AM GMT
    Your body will start telling you to stop eating crap. It will demand that you give up drugs (including nicotine), coffee, alcohol, fried food, highly concentrated and processed carbs, and red meat.

    Listen to your body. It craves a better diet, and it can reward you by staying fit and healthy as long as you like.
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    Jan 07, 2013 6:16 AM GMT
    It involves f----g the life-force out of twinks. But I can say no more openly...
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    Jan 07, 2013 6:25 AM GMT
    Your metabolism will slow down and the weight will creep up. DON'T let that happen; it's really really hard to get rid of it later when you decide to take corrective action. Another thing: If you want to put on more muscle do it now because it gets harder to do by the time you're 50.

    More useful advice that I wish I took when I was 40: slather on the facial sunscreen and moisturizer and wear hats. I started wearning a "cowboy" hat a few years ago to avoid the sun and still get laughed at but at this point I don't care. I did enough damage already and don't want more.

    PS - Happy Birthday! Ahhh! To be young and 40 again ;-)
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    Jan 07, 2013 6:32 AM GMT
    God knows i'm trying...
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    Jan 07, 2013 6:47 AM GMT
    First step mate is to have the right attitudes and beliefs about your personal fitness.

    If improving fitness is something you believe you have to do you will fail.

    If you believe that you want to be fit to lead a better quality of life in all respects, including stamina, energy, happiness and sex, then you will succeed.

    Sort this out first and the rest follows....
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    Jan 07, 2013 8:47 AM GMT
    Cash would know.
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    Jan 07, 2013 8:57 AM GMT
    Start slowly, push your limits a little every time you exercise.

    Do yoga or Pilates to maintain flexibility.

    Get enough rest and drink lots of water..

    Find an exercise regime you enjoy, it will help keep you motivated

    Welcome to the fourth something club
  • Brett58

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    Jan 07, 2013 9:08 AM GMT
    Most important...watch your diet. Exercise regularly. Lift weights!

    I was probably at my peak physically in my early 40's. I'm still wearing the same 30" jeans at 54 as I was at 18
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    Jan 07, 2013 9:35 AM GMT
    themachine saidYour body will start telling you to stop eating crap. It will demand that you give up drugs (including nicotine), coffee, alcohol, fried food, highly concentrated and processed carbs, and red meat.

    Listen to your body. It craves a better diet, and it can reward you by staying fit and healthy as long as you like.
    Agreed. Another benefit of eating better as well is that you do not have to work as hard or as long in the gym to maintain or progress. I've heard it said countless times and I am finding that to be more and more true.
  • gbc59

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    Jan 07, 2013 9:46 AM GMT
    i agree all the above, never smoked , i dont drink.. I eat healthy, love my milk jog every 2nd day. not after muscle just sporty fit body. and sti;; moisturized after showering..
  • tuffguyndc

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    Jan 07, 2013 9:50 AM GMT
    its going to be harder because you are old and things start to slow down. Things will take a bit harder to do. Its harder to hold on to muscle once you turn 40. Its also hard to build muscle as well. Its harder to loose weight too. Damn aging sucks. However, its not all bad though. What are you hoping to accomplish fitness wise?
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    Jan 07, 2013 10:41 AM GMT
    Congrats and no fears! If you have been active till now, then are in a great spot. Continue all your activities. Watch your knees and ankles. Make sure you are stretching and keeping core exercise centered in your workouts. Kettebells were the best find of my 40's. Focuses on range of movement and great for the joints. Good luck!
  • ASHDOD

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    Jan 07, 2013 10:46 AM GMT
    46 in the best shape of my life, and improving [ i hope icon_smile.gif]
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    Jan 07, 2013 11:31 AM GMT
    Be sure to incorporate functional fitness movements (look at CrossFit) and not just weight training. Take a look at the Paleo diet and see what you think.