Staying in shape in your 30s won’t be the same as in your 20s. The older we get, the more difficult it becomes to look and stay fit. That is especially true if you haven’t been doing your push-ups and sit-ups for almost a decade. Even if it’s been only a year or so, your body will know it, and you will feel it. So, if you’re thinking about pumping that iron again and seeing positive results soon, here’s what your fitness goals should be in the decade ahead of you.
Stay consistent with your workouts
Perseverance is the golden rule of fitness. You can’t expect to stay in shape unless you’re willing to go through all the challenges that the new fitness chapter brings along. So, regardless of how difficult the first workout may seem, make sure you don’t give up on your exercises. To be sure you’ll stick to every schedule, consider hiring a personal trainer to keep their eye on you. Having a workout buddy is a more affordable option if you have a friend who works out religiously and is willing to drag you to every practice. The first two weeks will be the most challenging for beginners, but in the third week, you’ll start to feel like you’ve been exercising your entire life.
Aim for a healthy diet
A vigorous workout is nothing without a proper diet. No matter how much sweat you’ll break, it will all be for nothing if you eat junk food and you dig into your fridge late at night. Therefore, aside from working out regularly, you should also pay attention to your diet. Once we reach our 30s our body will need more nutrients to stay healthy and energised. Even your workouts will need a little bit of stimulation by a high-protein diet. From lean meat to eggs, make sure you supplement your diet with enough proteins. You can always use a protein powder to boost your protein intake without worrying about the ingredients. Minerals, fibres, and vitamins are an essential part of a healthy diet. So, don’t skimp on those either.
Set long term goals
Every goal will seem much more attainable if you make it long term. To make sure your main goal is more achievable, set smaller milestones. You can set a goal to do 5 more push-ups each day, until you reach 30 per one series, for instance. Reward yourself with a minor treat after achieving each milestone, and aim towards the final goal, after which you can allow yourself a bigger reward. Positive reinforcement will motivate you to move forward faster and with more vigour.
Try new things
Stepping out of your comfort zone will allow you to explore the world of fitness better, discovering exercises you may never have thought would work for you. For instance, choose one day in a month when you’ll challenge yourself to do an exercise you’ve never done before. Alternatively, you can try any new fitness activity altogether. Anything that requires physical activity and breaking sweat will do. From roller skating to boxing, swimming or weight lifting, give it a try and make your workouts as diverse as possible.
Choose a healthy lifestyle
One of the main fitness goals in your 30s should be to live a healthy lifestyle. Staying away from drinking and smoking in addition to choosing healthy foods is the cornerstone of a healthy lifestyle. Forget about long nights, and go to bed at a decent hour, preferably before midnight. That will allow you to get up early, have your workouts and include all three meals and your supplements into the diet. Skipping breakfast because you overslept or not having dinner because you had a late lunch will only mess up your metabolism, which is already slowing down as it is.
Staying healthy and in shape will allow you to lead a healthier lifestyle. If you’re only beginning your fitness journey in your 30s, you should know that it won’t be easy, but it will be highly necessary for your well-being. That’s why you should make sure to set yourself realistic goals, eat healthily, stay persistent and constantly challenge yourself with new workouts.