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How To Exercise the Correct Way After 40

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Many people believe that if they have already passed the forty-year mark, then playing sports will harm the body. However, this opinion is fundamentally wrong.

On the contrary, after 40 years a person’s active life continues, and so does playing sports. Physical activity at this age will bring a person cheerfulness, a lot of vital energy and give new strength for achievements.

Let’s consider the basic recommendations for people who want to play sports who are already forty years old. We will also list contraindications to physical activity at this age, and talk about choosing the optimal type of physical activity.


To play sports at this age, you need to follow a number of recommendations prepared by experts in this field. We list the main recommendations related to which sport to choose for a person over the age of forty:

  1. Sports should be fun

This means that you should choose exactly the type of physical activity that you enjoy. It is very important here not to exhaust your body with excessive stress, since after all, it is no longer as young as it used to be.

  1. Gradual increase in loads

If you did not have much experience in sports before or you took a long break from sports activity, then you need to gradually increase the intensity of your training sessions.

You definitely shouldn’t force things; for the first time, training lasting thirty minutes will be enough for you. The pace of classes should be moderate, without sudden movements.

  1. Working out all muscle groups

Try to organize the training process in such a way that absolutely all muscle groups in your body receive the load. Distribute the load across the days of the week, for example, train your legs on Monday, train your abs on Wednesday, and train your back muscles on Friday.

  1. Avoiding diets

It is advisable to give up dieting at the age of forty and older. This is an excessive load on the body, which can only harm it. It’s best to work on your diet: eliminate junk food from it and replace it with as healthy as possible. 

  1. Psychological aspects of training

It is important that the training process does not become a burden for you and does not become boring. To do this, you can use various techniques, such as meditation, relaxation.

An excellent way is to practice yoga: in this way you can achieve complete harmony between the physical and spiritual components. Many men and women choose yoga for beginners at this age and are completely satisfied with their choice.


Of course, many people who have reached the age of forty want to play sports and continue to lead an active lifestyle, as in their youth. However, there are a number of contraindications, in the presence of which physical activity at this age should be limited.

Below we list these contraindications:

  1. The presence of a fresh injury, bruise or fracture of a limb.
  2. Exacerbation of diseases of the musculoskeletal system.
  3. Cardiovascular diseases.
  4. Various chronic diseases during exacerbation.
  5. Organic diseases of the central nervous system.
  6. Malignant neoplasms.

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