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Secret Exercise Tricks for a Better Body After 40, Say Experts

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What do Jennifer Lopez, Dwayne Johnson, and Madonna have in common (besides being incredibly talented)? They're all living proof that you can hit your fitness goals at any age. You might assume fitness is a young person's game, but you'd be (mostly) wrong. "In general, men and women peak in strength between [their] 20s through 30s and gradually decline afterwards," says Jamie Costello , MSc, a certified personal trainer and vice president of sales and fitness for Pritikin Longevity Center . This is a natural part of the aging process, but can be exacerbated by health conditions, lack of exercise, and other factors. Despite this, older adults can absolutely be fit and strong. "In fact, studies show older adults can still enjoy gains in strength and mobility well into their 80's with consistent exercise habits," Costello says. But there are some things that are important for people over 40 to keep in mind to make sure they get the most out of their f