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How You Should Change Your Workout Once You Hit 40

The New York times reports on how your workouts should change once you hit 40 in an interview with Kate Baird, MA, ACSM-CEP, CSCS, exercise physiologist at HSS. 

Getting older doesn’t have to mean moving less. The key to longstanding fitness, experts say, is envisioning the kind of athlete you want to be 20, 30, even 40 years from now, and training smartly in the present for that future.

“If you’re dreaming of retiring and hiking the mountains of Hawaii, make sure you can do that now, first and foremost,” said Baird. 

Making a few changes to your habits early can slow these declines and prepare you for decades of physical activity,  Baird said, from the functional (like chasing after grandchildren and lifting luggage) to the fun (like playing tennis and running half-marathons).

The best way to measure cardiorespiratory fitness is to test your VO2 max with a doctor or an exercise physiologist, explained Baird. “VO2 max is sort of the overall functional capacity of your body to do hard work,” she said, and regular aerobic exercise and HIIT workouts can help you boost it.

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