Exercise After 40? It’s Not Too Late!

older_fitI didn’t have a heart attack at 41 from an over indulgence of healthy living in my 20’s and 30’s.   To put it another way, I smoked, drank, ate crappy food, and sat on my ass during my 20’s and 30’s.  By the time I hit 40, I figured the damage was done, no point in changing.

Wrong again!

A recent study found that starting exercise at 40 has the same heart benefits as starting exercise earlier in life.  One of the studies authors, Dr. David Matelot, says:

“Despite biological changes with age, the heart still seems – even at the age of 40 – amenable to modification by endurance training. Starting at the age of 40 does not seem to impair the cardiac benefits.

However, endurance training is also beneficial for bone density, for muscle mass, for oxidative stress. And these benefits are known to be greater if training was started early in life.”

So it’s not too late.  For more information on getting active later in life, check out this post: Heart Attack and Cardiac Recovery – Get Off Your Ass.

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  1. I’m 56. I run 2 miles 2-3 times a week, bike a 30-miler every 1-2 weeks, bike to work, downhill ski, canoe & kayak, hike if I can find the time. I eat small meals, usually vegan but also avoid anything with wheat, potato, added sugar or artificial sweeteners, or pesticides. Water, not diet soda. A most spiritual thing is to go to bed hungry. My BMI is 22. I put sunblock around my eyes and face (I have north European ancestry) year-round, and really slather up when spending time outdoors. In my mind, it all fits together as a whole efforts at health: Not only am I fighting against growing old, I’m much too young to act my age.

    • Jeff, sounds like you have a great program going. None of this clicked until I saw my health more holistically. I would exercise but not eat right or vice versa. I put it all together a couple of years ago, and now it is a way of life. Your post gives me inspiration to do more (diet). Thanks for posting.

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