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Regardless of your age, your health is a top priority. Lisa Corsello, fitness expert and owner of the San Francisco fitness studio Burn, shares age-appropriate diet and exercise tips when you’re in your 20′s, 30′s, 40′s and beyond.

In your 20s…

“We all know that as we get older, losing weight takes more effort and time,” says Corsello, who is also the creator of the Burn DVD, which gives you a full-body workout combining Pilates, strength, and cardio. “The 20′s, therefore, are a great time to lose any unwanted extra weight and to find a healthy and sustainable nutrition plan.   Developing a firm fitness foundation is key, so be sure to include cardio and strength training in your workouts.”

Target areas:  Abs and legs

Do:  Stretch regularly.

Don’t:  Skip meals.

In your 30’s…

Corsello says that when you’re in your 30′s, focus on increasing endurance and burning more calories by doing extra cardio but also incorporating strength training into your regular workouts. “Strengthen the entire body and continue to burn calories with circuit training,” the fitness expert explains. “Push through plateaus by changing your routine regularly.” She also suggests weighing yourself once a week to maintain a healthy weight and to continue to work on healthy eating as your metabolism slows down a bit.

Target areas: Abs, glutes, triceps and biceps

Do:  Take chronic aches and pains seriously and address them immediately.

Don’t:  Try fad diets.

In your 40’s…

At this age, pay attention to form, posture, and strength. “Weight training increases bone density and having more lean body mass actually increases your metabolism,” says Corsello. “Continue to incorporate cardio, and choose lower impact modifications when needed, but continue to challenge yourself. Incorporate variety into your workouts and don’t be afraid to try new things.” As far as dieting, Corsello recommends eating small meals throughout the day and to aim for dinners comprised of veggies and lean protein.

Target areas: Inner thighs, glutes, obliques, shoulders, chest and back

Do: Seek the advice of a fitness professional and/or nutrition coach to help address any issues or questions you might have.

Don’t: Follow the same old routine.

Make every day a golden opportunity to focus on your health and fitness. Taking care of yourself is critical for disease prevention as well as looking and feeling your best.

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