Learning to navigate through the waters of working out as each decade of life progresses can be a tricky thing. The teenage and adolescent years can make us feel like we’re invincible. For most people this carries through our entire twenties. By the time thirty reaches, there tends to be a nagging injury here and a nagging injury there. If a person is lucky, they survive pain free into their forties. Along with repetitive use injuries, there are also a lot of changes that take place hormonally throughout the years. Changes to the body can have an effect on how hard we work out and how much muscle we’re able to keep. This guide through each decade will help those fitness enthusiasts make the best of each decade of life they’re in.

A Guide To Keeping Fit Through Each Decade Of Your Life

Starting Off With The Teenage Years

One of my biggest regrets about growing up is not taking advantage of all the natural hormones that the body has to offer at a young age. Throughout the teenage years, human growth hormones are peaking. For anyone interested in taking advantage of all the hormonal changes taking place in the body this is one of the best times to build a solid fitness foundation that can last the rest of your life.

Maxing Out In the Twenties

As we get into our mid-twenties, most growth hormones have already peaked. Bones have finished their growth. Is everything really all down hill starting in our mid-twenties? Fear not. For those who have developed a strong fitness base in their earlier decade, they can go on to maximize their strength and power levels all during the twenties.  This is one of the best decades to take advantage of peaking hormones and build overall cardiovascular fitness and muscle strength.

Into The Thirties We Go 

For many people who have been working out for many years, repetitive motion injuries can start to take place during these years. Hormone levels start to decline, muscle imbalances start to show themselves, and recovery time for workouts may take longer. Some people say it’s all downhill once you hit thirty. I’d hate to find out what forty feels like. When I’m forty I’m sure I’ll say I’d hate to feel what fifty feels like, however.

The thirties are still an incredible time to be into fitness. Pre-workout routines become increasingly important. Many athletes however have their best period of their careers in this time frame.  The oxygen carrying capability of muscles during these years are incredible and it’s a great time to take advantage of endurance activity. The downside is, if you haven’t started taking care of your body at this point, it would be a good time to start.

Fitness Into The Decades Of The Forties and Fifties 

This might be a good time to take a jog or learn how to do a push up if you haven’t done so. Seriously. With each passing moment the DNA in our cells is getting older and older. Lack of activity is just as bad as smoking. So if you haven’t taken up any active hobbies, now is a good time to start.

For those people who are fitness enthusiasts, keep doing what you’re doing. But be mindful that hormones continuously decline during these years. Pre-workouts and post-workout routines are extremely beneficial at preventing injuries.  That’s because during these years any joint or muscle imbalances will more than likely expose themselves for what they are. Have you had a tough workout? During these years it might be a good idea to take a day off from a heavy workout to let the body recover.

Fitness and Aging In The Elderly

There’s so much that happens in the last several decades of life that fitness for those who are in their senior decades warranted not one but two different posts. There are two big dilemmas here as we get into these years: muscle and bone loss. These are the years where both of these body tissues start to disappear more and more. This guide of fitness and aging in the elderly will take you through nutritional tips to help keep healthy muscle for going into the grave well before you do.

While most people have a pretty big fear of aging, the good news is that strength training (any strength stimulus) helps to keep your bone from turning into dust and helps to maintain lean muscle. It’s also great for the heart.  Unfortunately, coming out of the forties and fifties have led to a complete transformation of the types of workouts that seniors efpartake in. For those healthy people with strong fitness bases coming out of their fifties, it’s not uncommon to see very active people as they age. My big recommendation: get out there and do something. It’s better than doing nothing at this age.  Just be safe.  Don’t fall.

Have you ever had to make any fitness related changes to aging? What type of fitness changes have you noticed as you get older?