FEELING GREAT: Worried you are all washed up at 40?

by PAUL GOUGH
by PAUL GOUGH
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If you are fast heading towards 40, or already there, there’s every chance that you’re experiencing one or two problems with injuries.

Experiencing a spike in the amount of aches and pains and even injuries in your 40s and 50s is not uncommon.

In fact, they’re more likely to happen to you in this age bracket than at any other time of your life. Here’s why.

Earlier in your life, say, your 20s and 30s, your body is the most flexible and strongest it’s ever likely to be.

So as your running around day to day, shopping, lifting the children in and out of the car, keeping fit, doing the house work and driving to and from work each day the strength and flexibility that you have in these early decades of your life is able to absorb all of this stress.

Somewhere around about the age of 40, your flexibility starts to decline.

And this is one of the major problems of growing old.

All of a sudden the muscles and joints that were once able to cope, almost begin to shrink.

Think of your muscles as an elastic band getting pulled tighter and tighter, slowly but surely each day.

It’s because your muscles are now being pulled tighter after years of use that your now waking up after a tough day and needing that little bit longer to get going in on a morning.

This lack of flexibility in your muscles is happening at a time when you’re still very active.

So it’s a hot spot time for injuries.

Now think of life in your 60s. The lack of flexibility and strength issue is still happening, but your daily activities are likely to be much less physical.

So the stress you’re placing on these muscles and tendons is reduced, meaning less chance of injury or next day aches and pains.

To help reduce problems in your 40s and 50s look to try things like Yoga and Pilates.

Hartlepool has some fantastic classes for these sorts of things, which are aimed at giving your muscles strength and flexibility.

If you are experiencing more and more stiffness in places like your back, shoulders or achillies then these two classes are something that you could consider.