Exercise for Those Over 40 – The Two Main Culprits
Muscle Imbalances and flexibility issues are the two of the main culprits standing in the way of people who want to get in shape over 40 years old. As humans, work takes over our lives for long periods, and when we exit a period of years where we’ve neglected our bodies, that’s where problems commonly begin. And it’s so easy to avoid!
Sitting in that chair, standing holding the arms out, or sitting in that vehicle – for years, compromises posture, biomechanics, mobility and strength. This is why when we’re old, we share most all of the above conditions I’ve just listed. Just turning 40 we’ve already feel this! When we exercise with these conditions, we’re sure to get injured, and that’s entirely unnecessary if the proper precautions are taken when we start back up again.
When you start to exercise again and take charge of your life, there are important steps to take:
- You should have an assessment performed for your movement, mobility and posture. I recommend an FMS screen, which is used in most professional sports. With this system, you get assigned corrective work that will work out the kinks and inefficiencies in your body, and allow you to exercise pain free/without anti-inflammatory medication.
- Your body isn’t as balanced as it used to be, so you will need to work on balancing out your strengths and weaknesses from side to side, front to back and during rotation. I recommend corrective exercise that it woven into the exercise session itself.
- You will need to incorporate a warmup and stretching routine that lets you exercise without causing hip/back/joint pain despite current imbalances.
Does that sound doable? This is what my athletes do for their workouts, and it’s what I do. Adding in these protocols,
As a Personal Trainer, I watch people trying to do things on their own, after 10-20 years of leaving their bodies dormant. I see people start an exercise regimen, then stop in 3 days, 2 week, or 2 months. None of this is necessary. The truth is that with the proper education and learning, everybody can exercise and stay healthy – and you should not have to exercise and be in pain. But you will have to take the correct steps forward.
Are you ready to take those steps? Then contact us today
By Dan Piper, CPT, RKC, FMS, Workout4Results.com
Dan Piper is one of the Bay Area’s Few Kettlebell Specialists, and an absolute geek on body alignment and muscle balance. He has worked as a full time Personal Trainer and Strength Coach in Alameda for 5 years, and caters to folks truly wanting to get healthy.