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    Is your workout regime fit for your age?

    By NCVC Staff | Published on Oct 11, 2023

    Age is more than just a number. It defines our growth, development, exposure, and maturity. When it comes to our health, age provides clarity on how far we can push our limitations. While most people understand the importance of working out, very few realize the need for an age-appropriate exercise regime. Yes, your fitness routine must be in sync with your age and capability. Let’s explore how much exercise is required for different age groups.

    Age Group 20-30: Establishing a Fitness Foundation

    In our 20s and 30s, our bodies are strong and resilient. It’s the ideal time to establish a fitness foundation. Here’s what you should aim for:

    • Workout for 3+ days a week
    • Put in 50-80 percent of maximal effort
    • Strive to exercise for at least 30 minutes, 5 days a week

    As we grow older, our muscular and bone strength deteriorates. So, it’s crucial to prioritize strength training in our daily routine. Incorporating muscle-strengthening workouts into our routines two to three times per week is highly recommended.

    Age Group 30-40: Combatting Muscle Loss and Strengthening Bones

    During this period, our bodies begin to lose muscle mass. Weight training becomes even more crucial at this time. Lifting weights in the gym or working out with resistance bands and online coaches/videos can be beneficial. This is also an excellent time to begin strengthening our bones.

    • Make weight-bearing exercises a part of your routine
    • Incorporate brisk walking, jogging, or yoga
    • Try varied workout activities such as aerobics, swimming, or dancing to keep things fresh and well-rounded

    Age Group 40-50: Tackling Middle-Age Challenges

    An exercise plan becomes most crucial for women above 40. As we approach middle-age, our physique begins to decline. Our metabolism lowers, making weight gain easier. Both men and women experience a reduction in hormone levels, increasing the risk of health problems.

    • Maintain a healthy cardio workout 3-5 times a week
    • Engage in weight-bearing exercises like walking and jumping to maintain strong bones

    Age Group 50-60: Adapting to Aches and Pains

    Entering our 50s, we may start experiencing additional aches and pains. It’s a sign that we need to adjust our workout routine.

    • Switch to low-impact activities such as walking, cycling, and swimming to be gentle on our joints
    • Focus on core strengthening exercises to stand up straighter and combat a likely curvature in the body

    Age Group 60+: Preventing Falls and Injuries

    In our senior years, preventing falls and injuries becomes a priority.

    • Maintain aerobic exercise routines 5 times a week
    • Incorporate activities for muscle and bone strengthening at least 2-3 times a week
    • Perform daily exercises that improve and maintain body balance

    A lifelong fitness routine is crucial for living and thriving well into our senior years. It also helps maintain cognitive power as we age. Regardless of age, physical movement and workout discipline are necessary for the obvious benefits they bring. Staying active improves mental health, emotional well-being, and reduces the risk of developing lifestyle conditions.

    In conclusion, exercise should have a place in every stage of our lives. So, let’s stay active, keep our bodies in check, and enjoy a healthy, happy life!

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