The first order of business when considering an exercise regimen, whether it is for a weight loss diet, or as part of a physical fitness routine, is to consult your physician. Remember, the object is to improve your health, not damage it.
Many people, especially those 40 and over, are taking to the gym in an effort to recapture some of that physical fitness they may have lost over the years whether due to childbearing or from simple neglect because of a demanding job. Yet, some of them have reservations as to whether it is possible to get fit over 40. Well, the answer to that is a resounding yes! Gyms are packed with over 40 bodybuilding enthusiasts; many of them women—yes, there are fit women over 40.
The key to being successful at your exercise regimen, whether it is as part of a diet, or just to get fit is to take things slowly, especially if you are new to it. Start out with a moderate goal—something that is reasonably attainable—and work your way up from there. Nothing is more discouraging than choosing an unattainable goal early on and falling short.
Although it may be difficult for some, try scheduling your workouts for the same time each day. This will acclimate the body to the regimen and make it easier for you to attain your weight-loss goal. However, if you are not a morning person, resist the temptation to schedule your sessions for the AM.
Remember to address the entire body while exercising: Upper body, core, and legs. For a complete workout, give equal attention to each area. However, if you feel there are parts of your body that deserves special attention, it is okay to focus on that area a little more than the others.
So, over-40 bodybuilding is not a misnomer; it is as realistic and practical as going back to school. If done correctly, it is a great, healthy way to lose those extra pounds, or to recapture that tawny, healthy body you once had. What your goals?