It doesn't matter how young or old you are - the body needs to move and be challenged at least four or five times a week in order to grow, stay strong and supple and prevent against injury and disease. If you've never exercised a day in your life and you think it's too late to start, Magic Fitness are here to tell you that its never too late to start a workout program! Obviously if you have had any health issues, it's always important to speak with your doctor first before embarking on any course of physical activity but once you have the ok, grab your trainers and read about the type of exercise that you will reap the most benefits at your time of life.
In Your Twenties:
When you're in your 20s your hormones are in a stable condition for growth, so this is the prime time to work on building bone and muscle. Establishing a good exercise routine in your 20s gets you in to healthy habits that will help you throughout the rest of your life, but will also make ageing easier by reducing the risk of muscle and bone loss later on in life.
Pretty much anything goes in your 20s so do whatever feels good and include some heavy weights and cardio to maximise results and ensure your workout program is as well-rounded as possible.
In Your Thirties
In your 30s it can be tougher to build bone strength than before, as there are some shifts in your hormones, so it's vital to include resistance / weight training in your workout program. Similar to in your 20s you can pretty much focus on the exercise forms you enjoy, just be careful when it comes to higher impact sports to avoid injury. A personal trainer can you advise you on a well-rounded program to keep you in optimal shape.
In Your Fourties
Women in their 40s often describe a new release of energy and higher self-confidence! Maybe it's down to less career pressure, perhaps children are that little older (so hello to more sleep) and perhaps just over time, confidence levels have increased and women feel it's now ok to focus more upon themselves and their health.
If you've never exercised before when you hit you're 40s, it may be difficult to get in to, and it's likely that you may feel a little older and slower these days! However don't worry! Exercise is the fountain of youth - the body simply loves to move and keeps you young so start off with walking, easy cycling, a bit of swimming or some dance classes to get your body moving again. Keep everything low impact to begin with or you may end up with an injury before you've really seen any benefits!
In Your Fifties
This is the age where something like yoga really reaps rewards (however we recommend doing yoga daily at any age - even if it's only 5 or 10 minutes - as it keeps you supple and flexible). Yoga is brilliant not only for your body, but for your mind, hormonal balance and your emotional state. It helps to challenge your focus and concentration skills whilst you increase flexibility to maintain brain health as well as good alignment of the body. This is vital as we get older as the body starts to lose posture and angle down, especially if you have a job where you sit on your bum all day!
In Your Sixties and Beyond
If you have done a certain form of exercise for a long time for example, always played tennis or gone swimming, then keep this up! However something low impact like swimming or water aerobics is a brilliant place to start if you are just discovering exercise for the first time. Don't let anyone make you think that just because you are in your 60s it is 'too late' to start an exercise program! It is never too late - you are only as old as you feel, and exercise will make you feel 10 years younger! If you have any health concerns, speak to your doctor first and then hire a personal trainer to help you to put together a suitable course of exercise that you can incorporate and enjoy in your daily life.
The worst thing for any ageing related ailment such as arthritis and osteoporosis is to not move!! Keep your heart and circulation strong and your body supply by moving every day and challenging your body to keep growing!