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Find the Best Workout for Your Age

Our bodies change as we age, and so should our workouts. See how much you know about staying fit in your 20s, 30s, 40s and beyond.

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Find the Best Workout for Your Age
Question 1 of 20 Correct

How does exercise affect how you age?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Exercise boosts immunity, slows deterioration of the body and improves muscular strength and balance, all of which affect how we age.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

What age group should do stretching exercises?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Everyone, no matter what their age, should include stretching exercises into their daily routine. Stretching improves flexibility, joint range of motion and strength as well as decreases injury risk.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

When do people begin to lose muscle mass?

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The correct answer is: According to Michael Roizen, MD, we all lose muscle from our twenties on. That's why we gain weight as we age. Strength training exercises counteract this decline, so your body can burn more calories and prevent fat accumuluation and weight gain.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

True or false: For busy schedules, it's best to work out in the evening after work.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Thirtysomethings typically plagued with busy schedules should plan a 30-minute workout for first thing in the morning. Some Sharecare experts find that busy people waiting until the evening to work out encounter unexpected events that end up interfering with their workout schedules.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

Where can you fit in extra exercises during your day?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. Here are just a few ways you can squeeze in exercise throughout your day: Do squats, lunges or alternating glute squeezes while brushing your teeth; do a seated crunch or glute squeezes while sitting in the car; do squats or march in place when you're on hold.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

How many pushups should a 30-year-old man be able to do?

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The correct answer is: To gauge upper-body muscular stamina, do the push-up test (men in standard form, women can do it with knees on the floor). A 30-year-old man should be able to do at least 35 (5 less every decade after that, until he reaches 70). A 30-year-old woman should be able to do 45 with knees on floor (5 less every decade after until she reaches 80).

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

What percentage of muscle mass do you lose every 10 years after 35?

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The correct answer is: We lose an average of 5 percent of our muscle mass every 10 years after the age of 35. However, this is only if you don't do any kind of resistance training. If you don't intentionally rebuild muscle through exercise, you'll need to eat 150 to 450 fewer calories every day every 10 years to maintain your current weight.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

True or false: Your likelihood of hitting a workout plateau increases as you age.

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The correct answer is: This is false. No matter what your age, if you keep doing the same thing, your body will adjust to it and you will "plateau." In order to keep from hitting that plateau, change up your workouts on a regular basis.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Why do older people burn fewer calories?

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The correct answer is: Many 20-to-30-year-olds jog, play tennis and work out at health clubs. In later years, people are more likely to choose slower-paced activities like golf or bowling, which burn fewer calories.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

What is a good target heart rate for a 40 year old working at an intensity of 70 percent?

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The correct answer is: First determine your maximum heart rate, which is calculated by subtracting your age from 220. Then take this number and multiply it by the intensity percentage at which you wish to work, like a moderate intensity of 70 percent. For a 40-year-old, this works out to about 126 beats per minute.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

True or false: At 40, women lose muscle mass twice as fast as men.

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The correct answer is: This is true. A drop in testosterone levels, crash dieting and disuse from aging all contribute to a loss of muscle mass. The largest losses occur on the body's largest surface areas like the core muscles supporting the shoulders and belly, as well as the thighs. To fight muscle loss in back and shoulders, try plank exercises. Simple squats can help tighten up thigh muscles.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

How much does metabolism drop after age 40?

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The correct answer is: Your basal metabolic rate, how many calories you burn for physiological processes, slows down with age. After turning 40, your metabolism winds down 5 percent every 10 years. To boost metabolism, stay active by including strength training in your daily exercise plan and eat lean proteins like eggs, low fat dairy and beans every day to help maintain muscle.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

True or false: Balance decreases with age.

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The correct answer is: This is true. Because balance tends to decrease with age, it becomes more important to incorporate balance training into an exercise routine.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

How can you avoid injury while walking on the treadmill?

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The correct answer is: All of the above. As balance declines with age, doing seemingly simple things like walking on a treadmill could lead to injury. So, in addition to all of the above, keep your eyes forward and focused 12 to 20 feet ahead of you and keep your shoulders down and back.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

What type of exercises can prevent the onset of osteoporosis as you age?

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The correct answer is: As you age, weight-bearing exercise becomes extremely important to prevent the onset of osteoporosis.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

What should you do first if you want to start a fitness regime over 50?

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The correct answer is: A consultation with a doctor is the first step. Not only can the doctor assess that you are healthy enough to start a new program, but this will also alert you to any possible limitations or complications.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

What is the difference in an over-50 fitness program?

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The correct answer is: Quality fitness programs for people over 50 are going to have many of the same components as programs for all other ages, but with some differences. These may include greater emphasis on flexibility, mobility, range of motion and exercises that promote greater ability to perform activities of daily living pain free or with greater ease.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

What is a good exercise class if you have orthopedic limitations?

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The correct answer is: Water aerobics classes are easy on the joints and combine cardio fitness along with the resistance of the water for strength training.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Is it possible to increase the amount of calories you burn by 15 percent just by working out 10 minutes at a time?

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The correct answer is: It depends on the type of exercise and how often you do it. At age 55, doing just 12 weeks of strength training six times a week for ten minutes at a time will increase the number of calories you burn by 15 percent.

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True or false: A 17-year-old and a 65-year-old have the same endurance.

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The correct answer is: This is true. A 17-year-old and a 65-year-old have the same endurance -- naturally. This means if you don't treat your body right, you won't maintain the same endurance.

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