Science has now proven that we can make a difference to our longevity and our health by simply changing our lifestyle and training your body. If you are over 40 years old and you are starting to feel that you are feeling older there is a way that you can laugh in the face of age.
Ways of training your body to get fit and put on a little muscle
A type of training called CrossFit training seems to be taking the health and fitness industry by storm as people continue to get amazing results from this type of training. It is certainly not for the feint of heart as it is a tough workout but it is the adaption that your body goes through which gets fantastic results.
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
CrossFit training is the same as High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) but with a slightly different edge to it. It uses the principals of HIIT that changed the way many bodybuilders train today and we no longer see bodybuilders spending two hours behind the squat rack, those days are now long gone.
It is all because of the latest research which shows that by keeping your heart-rate elevated when training, whether it be will your own bodyweight or weights you will build more muscle when you train harder. CrossFit training has taken this a step farther by incorporating it into group training.
So when you do it in a group format like in an aerobics class on a sprung floor, you will be constantly moving from one exercise to the next and trying to not slow the whole class down which is something that can be very motivating to push yourself beyond what you normally do.
Here is what a typical CrossFit training day would look like which could easily be added onto a rest day when you are not training with weights. If you want to get healthy and live longer after the age of 40 then using the HIIT principal to achieve that is vitally important.
You would do one set of each exercise then rest for a maximum of 90 seconds and do it all again. This will obviously depends on your fitness level when you start but you will see that you get fit quickly from this type of training which is why it works so well.
• Squats - 10 reps - 1 set
• Standing Rows - 10 reps - 1 set
• Lunges - 10 reps - 1 set
• Sit-Ups - 10 reps - 1 set
• Step-Ups - 10 reps - 1 set