What is the Best Way to Stay Fit Over 40?

Here are some of the best things that you can do to stay fit over 40, and why this type of exercise is really going to benefit you?

Well, as we age, we lose flexibility in our joints and our soft tissue. We also have changes in our coordination and balance, as well as our posture. And let’s be honest, a lot of us experience those aches and pains in our hips, our neck, and back. I’m going to share with you about a great type of exercise that you can do, especially if you’re over 40, how you need to add this into your routine.

I’m sitting right here on a Pilates Reformer. And maybe you’ve heard of Pilates or tried a Pilates class before, but using the equipment is going to be a great asset to anyone over 40 for a lot of different reasons. It’s really going to take a lot of stress off your joints. So in comparison to high-intensity exercise, you’re using springs as light resistance to get a whole body workout. That resistance is going to be able to work your arms, your legs, but also you’re having to hold your body in different positions that it’s going to challenge your core strength. You could be lying down, sitting up, kneeling, or in the standing position, but it’s more of a low-impact type of exercise that you can still break a sweat doing. So that’s one of the great reasons why Pilates is really beneficial in people over 40.

Another key point is the importance of working on your flexibility, which during Pilates it really lengthens those muscles. So to combat the effects of stiffening joints and soft tissue, you’re going be working on your flexibility and you’re also going to be challenging your coordination and balance, which is why a lot of athletes do Pilates, and it really can help them with their chosen sport, like golf or surfing.

As we age, our posture changes, too. So maybe you spend a lot of time sitting at a desk, a computer, and our posture changes over time. So Pilates is going focus on holding your body in space in a different way and being able to have those beneficial effects of how you hold your posture will carry over to your daily lifestyle. Therefore it’s going to take away a lot of neck and back pain as well.

So those are just a few of the benefits of why Pilates is so great and an awesome exercise to do when you’re over 40. You can find out more info about Pilates and how it will benefit your life by going to level4pt.com/pilates. And we have a free tips report that’ll give you all the benefits. If you have any questions, feel free to call us, and we would be happy to talk with you! Have a great day.

 

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Dawn Andalon, DPT, MTC, CPI

Dawn Andalon, DPT, MTC, CPI

Dr. Dawn Andalon is a physical therapist, educator, author, and co-founder of Level4 Physio-Wellness-Performance. She is known as a leading spine and women’s health specialist in the San Diego area.

Prior to living in Carlsbad, CA, she worked at Nike Headquarters in Portland, OR as a physical therapist and consultant. She has always enjoyed fitness and working with the athletic population as a former dancer and gymnast. Dawn has also completed certification through Polestar Pilates which she has implemented with elite and Olympic athletes, surfers, golf pros, and the weekend warrior to enhance their chosen sport. After having 2 kids she saw a need for more highly skilled programs for women who are struggling with common body struggles after having a baby so she went on to seek more training in Pelvic floor rehab and the female athlete through Herman & Wallace Institute. As a spine specialist with a Manual Therapy Certification from University of St. Augustine and Pilates background she has helped men and women of all ages stay active and feel their best.This combined with her passion to educate Pregnant and Postpartum women, she is now reaching a larger audience with her Postnatal rehab coaching series, helping to bridge the gap from labor/delivery back to an active lifestyle.
Dawn Andalon, DPT, MTC, CPI

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