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Secrets for Walking Your Way to a Lean Body After 40

ETNT Mind+Body Logo By Isadora Baum of ETNT Mind+Body | Slide 1 of 6: If you're a regular walker (or reader of ETNT Mind+Body), you're probably well-familiar with all of the modality's benefits for your body, mind, and longevity. It's also affordable, accessible to many people, and low in impact where it likely won't put much pressure on your joints.That's why walking is such a great option for those in their 40s and beyond who are looking to stay fit and get lean—especially those who cannot do the same HIIT intervals or cycling workouts they did back in their 20s and 30s."After years of wear and tear on your muscles and joints, the low-impact aspect of walking is particularly beneficial [for people in their 40s]," says Steve Stonehouse, NASM-CPT, USATF certified run coach, and director of education for STRIDE. "It will help you continue to stay active since you can avoid pains and injury that can occur when performing other high impact modalities."If getting lean is your goal, aging can set you at a disadvantage as well. "The ability to burn fat worsens with age due to a gradual decline in metabolic rate," Stonehouse says. That means that you burn fewer calories and less fat that you would have a decade earlier doing the same activities.Yet don't fear—if you've hit 40 or you're older, keep these nifty tricks in mind for making that walk more calorie-torching, heart-rate spiking, and more effective in strengthening and leaning out muscle groups. And for more intel on getting lean after 40, check out: Want to Get Lean After 40? Do These Exercises, Say Experts.Read the full story at Eat This, Not That!

Secrets for Walking Your Way to a Lean Body After 40

If you're a regular walker (or reader of ETNT Mind+Body), you're probably well-familiar with all of the modality's benefits for your body, mind, and longevity. It's also affordable, accessible to many people, and low in impact where it likely won't put much pressure on your joints.

That's why walking is such a great option for those in their 40s and beyond who are looking to stay fit and get lean—especially those who cannot do the same HIIT intervals or cycling workouts they did back in their 20s and 30s.

"After years of wear and tear on your muscles and joints, the low-impact aspect of walking is particularly beneficial [for people in their 40s]," says Steve Stonehouse, NASM-CPT, USATF certified run coach, and director of education for STRIDE. "It will help you continue to stay active since you can avoid pains and injury that can occur when performing other high impact modalities."

If getting lean is your goal, aging can set you at a disadvantage as well. "The ability to burn fat worsens with age due to a gradual decline in metabolic rate," Stonehouse says. That means that you burn fewer calories and less fat that you would have a decade earlier doing the same activities.

Yet don't fear—if you've hit 40 or you're older, keep these nifty tricks in mind for making that walk more calorie-torching, heart-rate spiking, and more effective in strengthening and leaning out muscle groups. And for more intel on getting lean after 40, check out: Want to Get Lean After 40? Do These Exercises, Say Experts.

Read the full story at Eat This, Not That!

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