What's the Best Exercise for Your Age?
If your typical workout routine never changes, you're missing out. Here's what you should be doing at the gym, based on your goals and your age
Your fitness fix: Amp up your strength training.
"If you're in your 40s and you have a good history of training regularly, chances are you're in fantastic shape," says Trink. "Women at this age do really well with strength training -- their bodies respond beautifully." To wit: Madonna's arms once she turned 40. Squats and dead lifts that incorporate weights are Trink's weight training go-tos. Pagano says that now is the time to focus on your upper body if you're not already doing so. While both experts believe that you don't have to lift huge weights, two-pound dumbbells probably aren't going to cut it. "Women are so afraid of 'bulking up,'" says Pagano. "But if you're not lifting enough weight to build muscle, you're not getting any benefit."
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