When it comes down to it, it’s not to say that adults over 40 are less capable of completing the same exercises as someone half their age, but it’s more so that the body is more subjective to injury as it ages. Exercise is important for any age group, however there are certain activities that adults over the age of 40 should avoid when possible. Cardio, ab exercises, and lack of sleep all contribute the risk of injury and undesired results. Here is a list of 7 exercises not to do when you are over 40.
1) Jumping Jacks
When speaking of cardio most people would think of cycling or jogging. Jumping jacks are in every adult’s upbringing. You’ve been practicing since you were in first grade physical education and probably clapped your hands in batches of 25. While jumping jacks are certainly great for the heart and get your pulse up to speed, the amount of strain it puts on your knees can be detrimental in bodies over the age of 40. Truthfully, jumping jacks have been known to work multiple muscles in the body and help the blood circulate as well as assist in oxygenation, however if you are looking to have happy joints and avoid torn ligaments, then you might want to stay away from this elementary exercise.