Author, fitness model, and trainer Kirk Charles, NASM-CPT CES, knows that as you get older, life can get more complicated. But that shouldn’t prevent you from being on top of your game. He’ll help to answer the tough training questions that come with age so you too can be Fit Beyond 40.

If you’re over 40, chances are you’re sitting down way too much at work. You may have gotten away with it in your twenties and thirties, but now you’re noticing back pain that was not a concern years ago. We all agree that strengthening your abs is the right thing to do, but every time you do an ab exercise your back feels worse and your hip flexors get sore.

As we age, the disks between the vertebrae wear away and shrink, the bones start rubbing against each other and the space around the spinal cord narrows. Add onto that excessive sitting and your hip flexors shorten and tighten, which exacerbates your back condition. It’s no wonder why 80 percent of adults over 40 experience back pain, according to the American Chiropractic Association.

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