There’s a lot of controversy being thrown around about BodyBuilding at 40, lets throw all that negativity out the window today and talk about all the BENEFITS of getting that Body you’ve been dreaming of and maintaining a healthy lifestyle after you hit the big 40.
Body building isn’t just a game for the young bucks to play, it’s something we can all achieve, and while our body does start to deteriorate with age, getting healthy and working out can help slow down that process. Have you ever seen somebody BodyBuilding at 40 that isn’t living life to the fullest? I sure haven’t.
Let me give you some must Do’s and Don’ts
Start it Slow
Starting at 40 isn’t always easy, make sure you give yourself enough time to start your workout with some solid stretching to get those muscles ready for the pain you’re about to put them through.
Start it Light
EVERYONE starts slow, don’t jump straight into 40kg dumb bell bicep curls just because they’re there, start yourself off with light weights and high repetitions so you can get your form right.
Keep it Simple
There are so many PT’s out there creating elaborate workouts for people to follow…. You don’t need it. Start off by building solid proficiency in all your base movements functional movements, like push up’s, pull ups and squats, when you’ve mastered these then move into new and exciting things. If you keep up with your foundation exercises you’ll most certainly notice a difference in how you look and feel.
No matter what age you are, you need to feel that strain when working out, if it doesn’t feel like you’re working, you’re not working. Getting and maintaining fitness isn’t something that is handed to you, it has to be earned through hard work and effort.
Fuel Your Body
Eat the good stuff, eat the salad, smash the chicken, ingest the beans…. Your body will thank you for it.
Don’t talk yourself out of training by thinking too much, a lot of people will meticulously work out what they want to do and when…. And then miss a whole week because the missed one day, then that week can turn into a month and longer from there. Keep it simple, if you didn’t go to the gym yesterday, make the time today.
Don’t Expect to See Results Overnight
Everyone hopes for a quick fix in your appearance, if you spent the last 40 years eating wrong and remaining mostly stationary, getting to where you want to want to be is going to take some time. Take it slow, eat right and train hard and you’ll notice a difference in how you feel and eventually how you look.
Don’t Dwell on Your Age
Your age doesn’t make you who you are or define how hard you work, don’t destroy your self esteem by saying “I’m too old for this”
Sure you need rest, but you don’t need as much rest as you think you do – no one needs 10-12 hours of sleep per night or a nap during the day.
BodyBuilding at 40 The Final Say
Hitting 40 is most definitely not a reason to give up on achieving the body you want. While things can get a little harder as we age there are some simple things we can do to achieve the absolute best results possible. Throw away those thoughts of being old and useless. You are whatever you believe you are and from now on it’s “That hot 40 year old with the amazing bod.”