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Do you hit the gym every day?
Maybe you have a home gym… do you use it?
I guess you would say you’re cardio-fit then?
What does it even mean to say that you’re cardiovascular fit?
In simple terms, it’s your body’s ability to send oxygen and blood flow to the muscles. In order to improve and keep up your cardiovascular fitness, it takes hard work, consistency, patience and commitment.
What can we (yes, me too) 40-something exercise-enthusiasts, do to keep consistent with exercise and continue working hard?
Here are a 6 tips to get you to fit-at-40:
1. Make Attainable Goals.
As we get older, the amount of muscle mass we lose increases when we do not exercise.
Make a goal to workout 3 to 5 days a week, if your schedule allows.
I try to schedule my workouts as if it were an appointment or meeting, so I’m less likely to cancel if it’s been a long day and I’m too tired.
You wouldn’t cancel a work meeting just because you’re tired, right?
2. Set Realistic Weight Loss Goals.
If you are looking to lose weight then increase your cardio by 3 to 5 days per week, 20-40 min per session.
Always start off slow then gradually add more days, or increase the length of your session.
3. Include Weight Training!
Weight training increases cardiovascular fitness and strengthens your bone density.
It will definitely help you achieve greater cardiovascular fitness.
4. Stay Motivated And Focused.
Even though we may have busy lives and we are pulled in many directions, stay focused.
Think of your gym time… as your me-time.
Do this for YOU!
Your family won’t have you around if you don’t focus on staying healthy and fit.
5. Get Sleep!
Studies have shown that people who sleep more are less likely to be overweight.
Getting at least 6 to 8 hours a sleep each night will increase your energy level and you will feel refreshed.
6. Eat Fiber!
(Try the Luna Nutrition Bar, Blueberry Bliss… they’re heavenly!!!)
Fiber helps lower your blood pressure and cholesterol level, and (BONUS!) slows down the fat-storing process.
Remember, cardiovascular exercise will help improve the efficiency of your heart, strengthen your immune system, and improve balance.
Let’s grow older gracefully and feel FIT, FIERCE and FABULOUS!!!