Fitness There is no louder wake up call than crossing the threshold into middle age. Turning 40, according to cancer specialist Dr David Agus, is when we begin to question our mortality and take stock of our sedentary, desk-bound lives — and rightly so, given that in our fourth decade we put on weight more easily, get insufferable hangovers, take longer to get fit and recover from injury more slowly. All is not lost, thankfully, even if you have spent the past few years sitting on the sofa drinking wine. If we live more healthily and exercise regularly, we can enjoy a longer fuller life. Life is against us, though, as we reach this midpoint. Our 40s, according to Dr Muir Gray, author of Midlife:
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All photos You get off your high horse now, Ms. A new study shows that women who regularly exercise an average of 2 and a half hours a week still spend too much time sitting—about 63 percent of their day. So even if you're active, you might be sedentary too. One way around this is to embrace restless behavior. An unrelated study found that if you stand, pace, and tap your toes often, you can burn calories a day—or drop 30 to 40 pounds a year just from fidgeting! If you're getting ready to run or bike, try firing up your muscles and boosting your heart rate and blood flow with some dynamic stretching: Pull one knee to your chest while standing, then alternate for a few reps on each side.
The midlife health checklist: how to maximise your wellbeing in your 40s and beyond
How to Get in Shape Fast After age 40, you just don't have the energy and momentum of your younger years. But it's not too late to get fit. Lifescript talked to experts about how to fight those midlife bulges. Plus, try these 6 exercises to get you started Check out these 4: