Oldest Person

Oldest Person

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Oldest One in the Room

“What’s it like? To be the oldest person here?”, she asked. 

Let me punch you in the throat, I think to myself when I look at her because it probably feels the same. 

This question was posed to me last summer when I attended (as a participant) a fitness class – where, as you guessed it, I was the oldest one there. 

It was the first time, in my 50 years on this planet, where I was the oldest person in the room. And I know this for a fact because I asked the one guy who I thought was at least my age or a few years older, and it turned out that he’s actually five years younger than me. I wish I could say I was also the wisest one there… but I will never be that, in any room, at any time, no matter what my age is.

But in this room, on this particular day, I was the oldest and I was surrounded by people who wouldn’t be able to sing the chorus of “2 Legit to 2 Quit” with me (and do the awesome hand moves to accompany said rhyme). They also probably never heard of Jack Palance let alone have seen his one-arm push-up feat on the Oscars – at age 73. And, this group would never get my jokes about dialling up for the internet either (When I was your age the internet went “Skaweeerurweeert”😆.). 

I was also in a room where I wasn’t the fastest.

And this was an eye-opener for me. 

You see, in the past, I’ve been accused of being competitive. I don’t think I am, I just prefer the view from the front of the pack that’s all, but here I was at mid-pack and sometimes at the back of the pack with my inside voice cheering my 50-year old ass on (which oddly enough sounds like Morgan Freeman). 

Now, where younger-PJ would have just about killed herself to be the fastest, 50-year old PJ, well… she didn’t care.

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This amazed me. This sense of “who gives a f*ck” as people were passing me. This was so unlike me.

Could this mean that I was evolving? Was I getting, dare I type it, more carefree with age?

LH says “thank God” that we are less inclined to keep up with those who are younger than us. He says life goes too fast and we need to slow down. 

When I point out that that is so “cliche”, he says there’s a reason it’s a cliche, it’s because LIFE DOES GO TOO FAST (his voice always goes up an octave when he has a point to be made). And now as we get older, he continues to tell me, we can finally get off the treadmill – he always uses fitness equipment metaphors with me because he knows that’s how you can hold my attention.

I think I agree with him… to a degree.

While I am totally a-okay with slowing down, I am not going to get off the treadmill entirely. Sure, I’ll bring the speed down a notch – but I’ll also add some incline to make up for the lost speed – because that’s how I roll. 

And if you’re wondering how I responded to the sweet twenty-something-year-old asking me how I felt about being the oldest in the room. Well, I kept it violence-free and smiled and told her that I could still kick her ass.

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25 Minute Workout with Weights – Total Body

25 Minute Workout with Weights – Total Body

25 Minute Workout with Weights – Total Body for Women Over 40

Full total body workout in 25 minutes, using weights for women over 40. This is the most effective strength training workout for those times when you are short on time!

And FYI: while you may think that 20 different exercises, done for a minute each, will get you results – it won’t. Sorry!

Single set training is fine for once in a while, but for results (and results in a short amount of time), the research has proven over the years that multiple set training is the clear winner.

PS – let me know what you think about the new additions to the workout? Such as the fancy new timer and the exercise names 😉. I’m almost looking like a real YouTube fitness channel now.

 TOOLS NEEDED

a pair of moderate and heavy dumbbells, a chair and if you own a booty band – grab that too

THE WORKOUT

1. Squat
2. Chest press
3 x 40sec

3. Bulgarian lunge (or 1 leg squat)
4. Other leg
5. Renegade row (or standing alt rows)
3 x 40sec

6. Hip thrusts off chair
7. Push press
3 x 40sec

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Ab Finisher Workout

Ab Finisher Workout

Ab Finisher Workout for Women Over 40

Torch your core with this 6-minute ab finisher workout for women over 40. Great to do as a workout finisher, or as a quick ab workout when you’re short on time and just looking for a good ab burn.

And… if you want to get yourself some more exercise:

Do this fun 32-minute bodyweight only cardio workout beforehand.

And this yummy 13-minute total body stretch routine afterwards.

TOOLS NEEDED

nothing

THE WORKOUT

1. Bear shoulder taps
2. Reverse curl to leg drop
3. Iso hold oblique crunch
4. Same side oblique crossover
5. Other side iso hold
6. Other side crossover
2 x 30sec

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Quick Cardio Workout with the BOSU Ball

Quick Cardio Workout with the BOSU Ball

Quick Cardio Workout with the BOSU Ball for Women Over 40

A quick cardio workout with the BOSU ball for women over 40. Burn some calories and have some fun using one of my favourite pieces of equipment, the BOSU ball.

Hands down the BOSU ball is my go-to for cardio.

Why you might be wondering?

Because it’s so much fun!!

I’m not watching the clock like I do when I’m on my treadmill, and I’m not wondering “when the hell does this end???”. I am simply moving, sweating, smiling and generally enjoying myself the whole time.

And that’s what exercise should be all about!

If our workouts are fun and give us a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction when we are done, we will stick with them.

This is called intrinsic motivation. It’s something that we do because it’s personally rewarding to us.

Unfortunately, when it comes to fitness I see more people depend on the cousin of intrinsic motivation, extrinsic motivation.

And this type of motivation is hard to keep the fire lit within.

Extrinsic motivation involves doing something because you want to earn a reward (like weight loss) or avoid a punishment (like going on medication). These are hard ways to motivate ourselves on a regular, day-to-day basis.

Moral of the story: find a fitness plan that you enjoy and you’re bound to be consistent with it. Let go of the reward and punish aspect of what motivates you to exercise, and funny enough, once you do you’ll see those rewards come ❤️

TOOLS NEEDED

BOSU, however a STEP would work with the last couple of moves done on the ground

THE WORKOUT

1. Plank tucks to jacks
2. Switch taps
3. Knee drive to lunge
4. Other leg
5. Double squat to 180-degree turn
4 x 30sec

AMRAP (as many rounds as possible)
Bulgarian lunge hops x8 a leg
Mountain climbers x8 ea knee
Ab crossovers x8
Do 1:00, march on the spot and wait for minute 2 & do again.
= 5 minutes total

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30-Minute Burn Circuit with Dumbbells

30-Minute Burn Circuit with Dumbbells

30-Minute Burn Circuit with Dumbbells for Women Over 40

Burn some serious calories with this circuit workout with dumbbells for women over 40.

This little workout is going to surprise you.

It snuck up on me, and the next day my legs and shoulders were sore.

So, I call this a win 🥳

For this workout we use compound exercises, so we can work as many different muscles as possible per exercise. This ensures that you get the best BANG for your fitness session.

I also really worked on the programming so the exercises flowed well. Since we are only using one pair of dumbbells I wanted effective, functional and ALSO a great flow.

I hope you like this one 😘

PS – if you want to add another quick workout at the end of this one I have linked up in the end cards, or you can click the link for my 10-Min Dumbbell Workout Finisher.

TOOLS NEEDED

A pair of moderate dumbbells

THE WORKOUT

1. Clean & squat
2. Alternating palms away rows (or renegade rows)
3. Get ups
4. Get ups – lead with other leg
5. Narrow chest press
6. Hammer curl to press

3 x 45sec

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