How Much You Should Work Out Based on Age

December 26, 2017

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Get ready for all of the gym selfies and workout status updates on social media! You know they're coming just like you know 2018 is about to arrive. Fitness and losing weight are typically some of the most popular New Year's Resolutions every year. But sadly, only a small percentage of people accomplish the goals they set out to achieve. I think it's maybe 8% of people that make a resolution see it through and meet their goal. How sad!

Perhaps this year we could have a better chance with our fitness and weight loss goals because apparently exercise and age go hand in hand. 

Dieting is only half the battle. If you're eating too many calories or eating all of the wrong things, it's going to be very hard to lose weight. But you also need to be more active if you truly want to accomplish something. 

According to the book How to Live to 100, there are certain things you need to do and a set length of time you should be exercising depending on your age group.   The younger you are, the less you have to spend in the gym working out. I mean, I remember my metabolism when I was in my twenties. It was amazing. But as we all know that youthful metabolism slows down and eventually bad choices will catch up to us. 

So how much should you be working out if you're in your thirties? This is my group at least until January of 2019! 

People in their thirties need to switch it up and not be stuck in a regular fitness routine. If you're a runner, you need to try something new like Barre class so you don't overwork or injure yourself. You need to include cardio with upper and lower body strength training. 

Once you hit your forties, hopefully, you've already been working out and building your strength. This is the age when you start to lose muscle so weight lifting and training is very important. 

As you get into your fifties, you may find that you aren't as flexible as you once were or that you have some aches. This is the perfect time to take up swimming, water aerobics, yoga, or pilates. These are lower impact options that won't hurt any areas that are already sore and help build up your core and endurance. 

Read more about how much you need to do and what types of exercise are best for your age below.