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Should we change our fitness routine as we age?

The one thing I've learnt while "Looking under my own Bonnet" is it's never too late to change. Even if you've never exercised in your life there's always a place to start. So my advice is don't put off what you can do today to tomorrow.

As we grow older, our bodies start showing signs of ageing as muscle function, healing ability, and blood flow start slowing down. As such, we should be looking at redefining our fitness routines every decade or so, because what worked for our bodies when we were in our twenties and thirties may not be as effective – or even damaging – in our fifties, sixties and beyond.

Exercise helps us especially during peri-menopause and menopause, helping to boost our mood and regulate our sleeping patterns as well as improving our strength – and self-confidence.

As we age, there are even more hidden benefits such as warding off cognitive decline, memory loss, and dementia.

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How should our routines change as we age?

When we’re in our twenties, our body is at it’s most resilient, so it’s a great time to be more adventurous in our workouts: say yes to every opportunity and trust that we can bounce back from a majority of injuries incurred.

In our thirties, most of us become a little time poor, so our choice of what to ‘invest time in’ becomes more specific.

Our increased self-awareness through our thirties and into our forties gives added appeal to more meditative pursuits like yoga and pilates. These not only help to strengthen, lengthen and tone the body, but also the mind – a boon for managing the myriad of hats we wear during that phase in our life.

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