This is the time where you're closing some chapters and opening others. However, you're noticing something that's rather alarming: you wake up in the morning stiffer, a sign that muscles, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage are losing elasticity.
Implement more flexibility sessions into your workout. A word of caution: warm up with 5-10 minutes of aerobic activity, then get down to business with your workout. Stretch AFTERWARDS. Why? Stretching cold muscles is like taking a cold ruler out of the freezer, bending it just a little, and it SNAPS almost immediately. When you're done working out, blood is flowing, your muscles are extremely warm, and joints are lubricated.
Consider joining a yoga, tai chi, or similar class. You'll learn not just about flexibility, but how to relax on the spot, what exercises to do, and more self-control.
Aerobics become a little more important now, for your heart's sake. Continue doing your daily aerobics; just add 10-15 minutes to each session. Stay active with gardening, bicycling, swimming, and dancing.
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