How to Exercise Safely and Effectively in Your 30s, 40s, 50s, and Beyond

December 20, 2021 by Real Simple

According to The American College of Sports Medicine, adults between the ages of 18 and 65 should remain active by balancing moderate and vigorous aerobic activity with muscular strength and endurance workouts. In other words: physical activity should be a consistent, ongoing part of your routine, no matter if you're 25, 32, 46, or 65. However, your exercise routine and fitness priorities should adapt as you make more laps around the sun, and as your body and physical needs change.

Not only will staying active and adapting your physical activity improve mental health and physical health, but it will also cut down on your risk of developing life-threatening illnesses or having a fall that results in injury. As Dania Valdes, ACE-certified personal trainer and fitness specialist at Mindbody, explains, we should all actively be working to improve posture and flexibility. By doing so, we can develop and/or maintain good movement patterns and also avoid musculoskeletal injury.

"We all know that our bodies change as we get older. As we age, we may experience a decrease in flexibility, range of motion, muscular strength, muscle mass, and balance," Valdes explains. But by staying active, we work to keep ourselves as spirited and fit as possible (and exercise is essential for brain fitness and mood management, too.) Here, some top tips on how to adapt and develop a workout plan that's safe, healthy, and effective throughout your 30s, 40s, 50s, and 60s.

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