Jump-Start Your Exercise at Any Age
Whatever your age, it’s never too late to start exercising. And since it’s only February, there’s plenty of time to get in shape for shorts and bathing suit season. If you haven’t worked out in a while and aren’t quite sure you’re ready, get cleared to exercise by a doctor. A healthy diet will improve workouts, so don’t forget to include fruit, vegetables, lean protein, whole grains and a sprinkle of wheat germ in your day. You’ll feel better inside and out!
Workouts for 20-somethings: Make it fun
If you’re in your 20s, try fun, hip exercises you can do with friends. Instead of hanging out at bars or restaurants, why not meet for a Zumba or spin class? But don’t go hungry to class, and make sure to hydrate properly. Determine how long you need for your stomach to rest between eating and exercising—about 30 minutes works for most people. A yogurt parfait with a sprinkle of wheat germ is a great afternoon snack to get you through a workout. Check out What to Eat and Drink When Working Out for more great tips on fueling up.
Exercising in your 30s and 40s: Go for quality family time
In your 30s and 40s, meeting up with friends to exercise doesn’t always fit into the family plan. If you’re feeling overwhelmed with work and don’t feel like you’re getting enough family time, why not try exercising with the whole family? Go on weekend hikes, run around the playground and use the equipment to strength train (try push-ups off the slide or chin-ups on the monkey bars) or dust off the bikes. Make sure you get your heart rate up and come prepared with snacks for the kids—they’ll last longer if they are well fed. You can make these Honey Crunch Energy Bars with Wheat Germ ahead of time and pop them in the freezer until you’re ready to use them.
Getting busy in your 50s and 60s: Take it up a notch
If you’ve become sedentary and haven’t worked out in a while, take it slower and steadier as you get started. If you’ve been working out, then don’t hold back: Take your workout to the next level! Vary your workout and incorporate fast walking, jogging, running or swimming for cardio and anaerobic exercises such as weights, yoga or Pilates for strength and flexibility. If venturing out during winter isn’t your idea of fun, try these indoor workouts to help you get fit during winter. Why not try a dance class you can do with your partner?
After all that work burning calories, don’t come home and mindlessly eat them back. Prepare your meal ahead of time so you don’t walk in the door starving. Check out the Kretschmer Wheat Germ recipe page for some new recipe ideas that won’t break the calorie bank.
How are you getting back into the exercise routine this year? Leave us a comment and let us know!