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We have a great post this week from guest writer Jessica Max, the community manager at hydration calculator. She is a fitness writer. She uses her training to help other women struggling to get fit in mid-life. When not working, Jessica enjoys cycling and swimming.

As you move into your 30s, you might start feeling as if you need to take better care of the body. The metabolism may not be as effective as it once was and your hydration needs may vary. If you feel not quite as fit as you’d like to heading into your third decade, then you should do yourself a favor and invest some time in some of the following workouts for men aged 30 and above.

1.         Elliptical Training

Far more affordable and space-effective than a lot of your normal training ideas, an elliptical machine can do a lot for your fitness. As you move into your 30s, getting or using one of these can help you work your lower muscles and start to feel your leg strength and endurance improving. We highly recommend elliptical training for any man who is struggling to get a regular walking routine going.

We suggest that you try and enjoy some elliptical training as an opportunity to get yourself moving. It works a lot of your body, but it also particularly good for working on your core strength. This can go a long way to making sure you can begin to see meaningful results as you work out.

So, why not give it a go? You might just find that some elliptical training is all that you need. It’s a fine place to start with for most men in their 30s.

2.         Standard Planks

The plank is also a great place to start for a lot of men, as it works such a rich variety of parts of the body. When you see someone doing a plank, it is easy to assume that it looks simple. However, try and hold that plank position for 30 seconds – you might start to feel an incredible burn. If you can do a plank well, though, you will start to feel the vast physical benefits of doing so.

You will start to feel fitter and stronger, but you will also start to notice that standard planks do a lot for your balance. As a guy, you might start to lose some of your original balance as you move from your 20s into your 30s if you have gotten out of the habit of being physically active. Planking is a good way to start working on that problem. Just be sure to hold the form well, and don’t let your center sag down. Many people lose the form at their lower back to their posterior, and thus ruin the burn of the exercise and risk injury.

If you want to do this right, then you have to start making sure that you carry out the workout in a way that is actually good for the body and bones. To go alongside the plank exercises you can find 55 more from below where they have provided a combination of gym and home focused workouts.

3.         Weight-management Workouts

The other place we think that you should try to do a lot of work is your weight management. As you age, your metabolism slows down and with it your chance to hold off weight gain. That can be a big problem for a lot of men, and could have some serious issues on your self-belief generally. If you worry that this could be the case, then we have some simple and effective weight management workouts that you can try out today.

If you do this properly, then you should notice a near-immediate improvement in the way that you move physically. These exercises tend to be built around doing a lot of calorie burning exercises. It’s not so much about building muscle but making sure you can see a genuine improvement in your physical shape. You should be trying to get exercises that can raise your heart rate for around 75-minutes per week, and can leave you feeling exhausted and tired afterwards.

Weight management workouts, then, are an excellent place to start if you wish to stay in good shape. Your natural metabolism won’t be able to help you do this as easily as you could when you were younger. As such, this should really make a big difference to your shape, weight, and general mind-set moving forward. **Note nutrition can play a large role in this process as well, working a dietitian to ensure you are making the healthiest choices for you.**

4.         Balance and Flexibility Focus

One of the best places to focus with regard to your fitness is balance training. As mentioned above, many guys may start to have balance problems as they age and this can begin to have a detrimental impact on the way that you train and prepare physically. When that happens, we recommend that you try to pay attention to more balance and flexibility based exercises.

For example, yoga is a great choice for improving flexibility. Yoga is good for improving balance, and tends to give you a good lower impact workout to try out if you wish to start seeing a huge improvement in your day-to-day physical function. You will start to find that you can improve your overall standard of living, your quality of life, and your general ability to manage and function with improved balanced and flexibility.

By doing these kinds of workouts as you get older, you quickly reduce the fear of hurting yourself at work, doing an injury during a workout, or anything similar. Improve your balance, flexibility and stability, and everything else will become similarly simple!

5.         Full Body Strength Training

Lastly, make sure that you invest some more time in full body strength training. You should try this out as it tends to give you a bit more variety in the way that you care for your body, and the sheer physical strength needed for a full body workout will keep your fresher and fitter for just about everything else above.

A full body strength training regime is best carried out along a fitness instructor, though, so keep that in mind or you could push yourself to an unhealthy level!

I hope you enjoyed this guest post and got some great workout ideas to get you started! Please remember to check with a doctor before doing any of these exercises. Please let me know if you have any feedback or great workout ideas you use!

Wishing you a week of health and wellness,

Ricci-Lee Hotz, MS, RDN

Denver’s Dancing Dietitian

A Taste of Health, LLC

“Improving Quality of life one bite at a time”


Author Bio: Jessica max is the community manager at hydration calculator. She is a fitness writer. She uses her training to help other women struggling to get fit in mid-life. When not working, Jessica enjoys cycling and swimming.