It’s harder to get and stay fit after forty, but we have plenty of success stories here in Bloomfield, NJ. It actually may be tougher for those people to start, since many feel it’s just too late for them to start any attempt. Nothing could be further from the truth. No matter what your age, you’ll see improvement when you start a workout program. It won’t be overnight, but it will happen. The sooner you start, the better off you are, since your body starts losing muscle mass at about age 30.

Just put one foot in front of the other.

I love this time of year. There’s the holiday spirit in the air, lovely lights and great holiday programs. One of those Christmas programs was playing in the background as I put up decorations. It was Santa Clause Is Coming to Town and had one of the most remarkable songs called, “Put One Foot in Front of the Other.” I loved it because it’s the spirit of getting back into shape. You have to start somewhere, so just do it. It addresses the biggest problem most people have, getting started. Helping you get started is one place a personal trainer is extremely important.

Don’t try to do it all at once.

There was an inspiration story about a man, who now runs marathons, who was doomed to die because he was morbidly overweight just a few years before. He didn’t give up. He started by first walking a few steps, each day adding more. As he became fitter and he ate healthier, his weight began to drop, making his walking easier. Eventually, he shed a massive amount of weight and began to train for a marathon, dodging the death sentence in the meantime. It took several years. Don’t expect to be fit overnight. Consistency and a healthy diet is the key.

It takes all types of fitness training and a healthier diet to get you into your best shape.

You might start with walking a few extra blocks, but eventually, to be in your best shape, you need other types of training. You need strength training to build muscle tissue that helps prevent injuries and allows you to maintain normal life. Flexibility training improves range of motion, also preventing injuries. Endurance training allows you to have more energy and stay active. When you incorporate all these types of training, plus training for balance, you’ll help reduce the risk of serious conditions, like high blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease.

  • Strength training helps stimulates growth-promoting hormones to repair muscle tissue. Strength training slows muscle loss and can reverse the process. It also helps reduce the potential for osteoporosis and can even reduce bone loss.
  • If you want to get the maximum benefits, consider HIIT—High-intensity interval training. It gets results faster.
  • You can’t out-exercise an unhealthy diet. Ensuring you have adequate protein, omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin D helps shed unwanted pounds and build new muscle tissue. Cutting out sugar, highly processed food and switching to whole food is a huge start.
  • If you want to boost your metabolism, exercise. It builds muscle tissue and muscle tissue requires more calories than fat tissue does. The more you have, the higher your metabolism.