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Beyond 30: Why Fitness and a Strong Mindset Matter More Than Ever

April 4, 2024

Written By Josh

Josh is a trainer at LIFT inner west

Turning 30 can be a turning point. While experience and wisdom come with age, it’s easy to let fitness slide down your list of priorities. However, maintaining an active lifestyle and the right mindset around movement is crucial as you get older.

Why Your Body Craves Movement

  • Combat Muscle Loss: Around 30, the natural process of muscle loss (sarcopenia) begins. This slows your metabolism and can reduce strength. Investing in personal training can help you develop a resistance program to combat this, maintaining muscle mass for energy and power.

  • Bone Strength is Key: Weight-bearing exercises (walking, running, strength training) are essential for bone density, which naturally starts declining after its peak in your 30s. Staying active reduces osteoporosis risk later in life.

  • Protect Your Heart: Regular physical activity is your heart’s biggest fan. It helps lower blood pressure, improves cholesterol, and reduces the risk of heart disease. Talk to a personal trainer about heart-healthy workouts.

  • Your Mental Well-being Ally: Exercise is a superhero when it comes to boosting your mental state. It’s a natural stress reliever, improves sleep, and can fend off depression and anxiety symptoms.

  • Disease Buster: Staying active is a powerful way to combat chronic diseases like Type 2 diabetes, certain cancers, and stroke. Make movement your preventative medicine.

Motivation: The Key to Consistency

It’s normal to feel less motivated as life gets busy. Here’s how to reignite your fitness fire:

  • The Magic of Guidelines: Focus on 150+ minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise (brisk walking, etc.) or 75+ minutes of vigorous exercise (like running) per week. Add in 2-3 strength training sessions with a personal trainer to learn effective techniques.

  • Short Bursts Work Too: Break it down! Small sessions throughout the day are great if you can’t fit in a long workout.

  • Find Movement You Love: Don’t equate fitness with boredom. Try hiking, dancing, swimming, or team sports – make it fun!

Extra Tips for Success

  • Your Doc is Your Coach: Before starting any new fitness regime, especially if you’re new to exercise or have health concerns, talk to your doctor.

  • Know Your Limits: Learn to listen to your body – rest when needed, and don’t work through injury pain.

  • Persistence is Key: Don’t get discouraged – fitness is a journey! A positive mindset and dedication lead to amazing results.

It’s Not About Age, It’s About Choice

Embrace your 30s and beyond as a new era of investing in your health. With the right mindset, a little motivation, and a fitness plan (potentially with the help of a personal trainer), you set yourself up for a stronger, healthier, and more vibrant life!

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