8 Worst Exercises for People Over 40

Exercise never stops being important, whether you are a tiny baby developing neck muscles or a centenarian.

The problem is that as you age, bones, tendons, muscles and ligaments get injured more easily and don’t recover as quickly. Add on a lifetime of collected injuries and exercise becomes more important and more challenging.

So what exercises should you avoid after you reach your 40th birthday? Read on to discover the eight worst exercises you can do after age 40.

1. Intense Cardio

Yea! No more cardio! Ummm, no. Missed the word “intense”. Those long hours of exercising at the top of your level, pushing, pushing.

The demands of intense cardio can breakdown muscles that then don’t heal as quickly; decrease gains; increase cortisol production that leads to fat deposits; and builds up dangerous free radicals.

Instead go for high intensity intervals training (HIIT). Go shorter, go harder, and rest in between sets. You’ll see more fat burning and exercise that all-important muscle, your heart.

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