Let’s face it: when you’re young, keeping fit is so much easier. You have a lot more energy, strength, and time to achieve your fitness goals.
But for those everyday heroes approaching middle age, you might start to notice things slowing down. Your energy depletes. Your six-pack turns into a keg. You start to experience much more fatigue on a daily basis.
It’s not all in your head—a host of health problems affect you as you reach 40. But don’t sit around and let your health deteriorate. There are many ways you can roll the years back for your body and feel more energetic than ever. Here’s how to keep fit as you approach middle age.
Hit the Gym
The best way to encourage yourself to keep fit is to get a gym membership. You’ll want to make regular visits to make the price worth it, and your body will thank you for it. Even if you’re not the most physical person, don’t worry about technique or results at first when it comes to training.
Instead, tap into the power of “small wins,” or as I call it, the power of positive sucking. Translation: make small fitness goals and work on achieving them.
You might want to get on the treadmill or exercise bike and start burning some fat. Or maybe you want to get in the weight room and start lifting. The best approach is to do both. It’ll have an incredibly positive impact on your body, mind, and general well-being.
It’s not just great for your physical health. Going to the gym can help you meet new people and de-stress. It keeps you productive and motivated. The more you work out, the younger you’ll feel all around.
Boost Your Testosterone
One of the biggest problems you’ll encounter in your middle years is the severe drop in testosterone. Low testosterone can lead to less energy, more weight gain, and even problems such as depression.
Many men boost their bodies with testosterone replacement. Regular therapy for picking up your t-levels can have a significant impact. You’ll feel like you’re in your twenties again and can make use of the boost in energy and muscle production.
Many other factors affect your testosterone levels. Try to get at least eight hours of sleep each night, as less will severely lower testosterone. The food you eat and the ways you work out also have an effect. Get plenty of protein and focus on heavy compound exercises like squats and deadlifts.
Change Your Diet
A lot of guys can demolish junk food in their teens and twenties without gaining an inch to their waste. But as you get on in life, your stomach is bound to gain more inches. It’s natural—your metabolism can start to slow down fast as early as 25 years old.
To counteract the changes in your metabolism, you’ll need to start eating healthier. Get rid of the greasy foods and give your daily diet a healthy overhaul. Don’t think eating healthy is dull and tasteless—there are plenty of great tasting healthy meals.
Eating healthy doesn’t just keep you slim. It’ll also give you more energy and reduce the risk of health problems. Try to develop a habit of eating well, as it’ll benefit you for the rest of your life. Also, liquid calories are the most damaging, so cut down on the beer!
Take Care of Yourself First, then Live the Hero
Being an everyday hero means you have people depending on you staying healthy. But before you help others, you have to take care of yourself first. Adopting the habits in this post are a great way to keep you in top hero shape!
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Hitting the gym is the toughest one for me, but I do try to walk 5 miles a day at least 5 days a week and it does make a difference. I never knew that sleep had an effect on testosterone. I only get about 5 hours of sleep each night. That’s got to change.
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