Over 40 workouts

If you can’t say something nice…sorry, I don’t know what came over me.  I remember a time when commercials for fitness products used to show how easy and effortless it was to lose weight and tone up in “just minutes a day”. Anybody else?  But now, we see high impact, sweat, pain and strain and want to be a part of it. Yet, we are fatter than ever. Are we crazy? Am I the only one concerned about this workout trend?

Over 40 workouts

gee, it used to be so easy to spot reduce

Scowling at my neighbor’s yard, I might disinherit somebody.

Real Talk: Exercise doesn’t have to be painful or manic. It doesn’t have to leave you tired, sore or breathless every-single-time. And to be perfectly honest, it should never make you puke. Exercise doesn’t have to take hours a day or cost a lot of money. It doesn’t have to leave you in dread of your next workout. And it doesn’t have to be boring, torturous or grueling.

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If the shoe fits.  Get off my lawn.

40 is the new 30. Yes, we 40-somethings are sexy! We look damn good and we can get away with doing things that some 50 and 60 year olds can’t.

However...Public Service Announcement:  There are some things that we shouldn’t do anymore.

If you are in your 20s and want to do P90X for 90 days, I say go-for-it.

If you’re in your 30s and you want to do Jillians 30 day shred, I say…interesting choice, carry on.

If you are in your 40s and you’re considering Shaun Ts Insanity workout…I wonder…if you’re having a fitness mid-life crisis.  Because quite honestly, that’s the image I get, when I imagine anyone over 45 doing it. “Look at his/her old ass doing that teeny-bopper BS” {Okay, they probably don’t say “teeny-bopper” but you get my point}.  Bottom line, you look like an old guy/gal trying “too hard” to get cool points.  You’re not fooling anyone, young or old.

Over 40 workouts

Damn, I look hot after my workout

I’m not saying you CAN’T do it.  Handwrite a scathing letter.

YES. You can do anything you set your mind too, and yes you absolutely should. No, I’m not saying that you can’t workout hard – of course you can. I’m saying that there are plenty of other less embarrassing options.

Start at your appropriate fitness level for your age. Beginners, going from 42 yr old couch monster, to high-intensity exercise will not only set you up for injuries, but it can be discouraging. If you’re new to the world of fitness, focus on DVDs and workouts that start at a beginner’s level and allow you to work your way up from there.

Need more “No trespassing” signs for the yard. lol

Over 40? Here is my exclusive workout avoid list below:

  • P90X
  • 30 day Shred
  • Insanity

There is not a major difference between age and fitness needs. We all need cardio-vascular exercise for the circulatory system, resistance training for stronger bones and muscles, flexibility to assist with injury prevention and other sports specific reasons. Core strength training is also important for both men and women as a foundation to build upper/lower body strength, running endurance, and better performance in rigorous activities.

Grumpity grump rant over.

I hope I have helped my fellow 40-somethings in their quest for happiness in this beautiful stage of life. Feel free to post your comments in the section below and while you’re doing that, follow me on Twitter @AutumnPTW 😉 xo

So there you have it.

What do you think about the all-or-nothing fitness trend?

Can you identify with any of the above?



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***Disclaimer: Always check with your doctor first before starting new fitness routines to ensure that they’re right for you.***All opinions expressed are 100% my own.