The Importance of Variety in Training for People Over 40

The Importance of Variety in Training for People Over 40

I headed out for a walk last night. To my surprise, I saw this amazing sunset.


September is one of my favorite months since it is an excellent mix of summer and winter. In Kelowna, the winds die down, but we still have warm days and crisp evenings.

Today, I will share the second part of the interview with Coach Chris as we discussed the important stuff to include in your training program in your 40s. If you missed the first part of the interview, you could check it out here.

Enjoy the interview!

CLICK HERE to watch the YouTube video interview.

In the interview above, you will discover:

  • The importance of variety in training for people over 40
  • What is 40 Strong?
  • Why getting older doesn’t have to mean getting fatter and weaker.

Aspects of physical fitness decline with age. The body naturally loses muscle mass and flexibility over time. This process is entirely normal and unavoidable; however, it doesn’t mean everyone has to accept the decline in performance levels. A well-structured training program can help people maintain an active lifestyle in their golden years. Just like any other period of life, these later years are filled with opportunities to be healthy, happy, and productive.

The Importance of Variety in Training for People Over 40

Exercise is one of the most incredible things you can do for your well-being. It has numerous benefits, including improving general health and fitness and reducing disease risk. There are many other types of training; you must choose the suitable styles for you. 

The human body is a complex machine that needs to be taken care of. Exercise helps build up endurance, strength, and stamina. People should vary their workouts from time to time, allowing for more efficient results. However, too much variation can become problematic and lead to injuries, muscle soreness, or other side effects.

When you first start exercising, it is easy to stick to the same routine. You go to the gym and do the same workout you have done for a couple of weeks. This can be effective if you are in a weight loss phase. However, your body becomes used to this pattern after this period, and you may stop seeing results.

Here are some tips to take your exercise routine to the next level and change it up:

Increase the number of repetitions of each exercise

  • This helps to keep track of your strength during a workout. 

Identify your Objective

  • Identify your objective while exercising and design a routine accordingly. If you are training for a marathon, you need more endurance training, not strength training.

Reduce the Number of Sets that you Do

  • Taking a rest in between can help you to work out more efficiently.

Do a Variation of Exercise Over Time

  • There’s a tendency for people to vary their exercises all the time, which causes a lot of problems! It’s essential to have a set routine still and ensure you’re not going overboard with your training intensity because it could lead to injury or other negative consequences.

Using Proper Equipment

  • Use proper equipment while doing exercise. Using correct weightlifting equipment can help you to reduce your exercise time and increase your results.

What is 40 Strong?

The 40 Strong is being strong in all areas of your life. If you are happy, you’ll be able to make a good plan and probably do better at work. There are many benefits to being happy. When you are feeling good, it is easier for your body to release endorphins- chemicals that make you feel energized, relaxed, and even euphoric.

When you are active, you are helping your metabolism.

With an active lifestyle, you increase your metabolism. You burn more calories, and this helps to maintain a healthy weight. Exercise also helps maintain muscle mass, which can help keep your body’s hormones balanced.

Eating cleaner will help you sleep better. The reason is simple, a diet rich in fresh fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, and lean protein helps you to improve your overall health. When you are healthier and feel better, you sleep more soundly at night; when you sleep more soundly at night, you wake up feeling more rested and refreshed.

Why Doesn’t Getting Older Have to Mean Getting Fatter and Weaker?

Many misconceptions about getting older and how it impacts the body.

Advertising tells us that as we grow older, we need to eat less and not indulge in luxurious items such as hot chocolate or alcohol.

However, the truth is that getting older does not mean that you will get fatter or weaker. As we age, our metabolism slows down, and we become more sedentary, but there is no evidence of a direct correlation between aging and weight gain.

Life without health has no meaning for any human being because our health determines the quality of our lives. Without good health, we are unable to enjoy life to its fullest.

Therefore, it is essential to take good care of our health to live long, happy, and healthy lives.

Here are some ways to maintain good health:

  • Exercise regularly. Exercise helps boost your metabolism and makes you feel better about yourself. You will also have more energy to get things done throughout the day.
  • Eat a balanced diet. A balanced diet supplies nutrients and vitamins that your body needs. Without balanced nutrition, we are more susceptible to non-communicable diseases and lower performance in our daily lives.
  • Avoid too much consumption of alcoholic beverages. Excessive consumption of alcoholic drinks can lead to early death.
  • Avoid smoking. When you smoke, you let harmful chemicals enter your lungs. This may lead to cancer, chronic respiratory disease, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, infections, and many more. 

I hope you enjoyed the interview. If you missed the first part of the interview, you could check it out here.

Take care!

Rick Kaselj, MS

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