Fitness icon Denise Austin shares secrets on 'the best time to get fit' (Exclusive)

Denise Austin has been a leading presence in the fitness space for nearly four decades now and, considering that she's as fit as ever at the age of 62, she knows a thing or two about maintaining your fitness as you get older.

The fitness instructor recently sat down with AOL to share some of her most crucial tips for people who are in their 40s, 50s and 60s, revealing some easy things that people who are hoping to live a healthier lifestyle can do to kickstart a change.

"When a lot of people hit 50, they give up. They think it's too hard, they can't do it," Austin told AOL. "I think this is the best time to get fit."

For all of Denise Austin's tips on staying fit in your 40s, 50s and 60s, watch the video at the top of the page.

The former "Getting Fit with Denise Austin" host went on to explain that, depending on your age, there are different approaches that you should be taking to the kinds of workouts that you incorporate into your routine.

"In your 20s and 30s, you're nice and fit naturally, but then by the age of 40, you really need to do some fat-burning workouts, some cardio, some HIIT workouts," she said. "By 50, you should be doing some target toning to firm up those 640 muscles. You have some time: Take care of your health! And then, in the 60s and beyond, stretching and flexibility and balance and stability exercises are the key."

5 PHOTOS
Denise Austin videos on Amazon Prime
See Gallery
Denise Austin videos on Amazon Prime
"Denise Austin: Mat Workout" ($6.99 on Prime Video)
BUY IT
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

And, once you find exercises that you enjoy, don't get complacent, as Austin told us that "the key [to working out over 40] is to change it up on a regular basis."

The mother of two also acknowledged that getting yourself moving can be easier said than done, especially if you've found yourself becoming stagnant as of late. For her, it's about starting small, working small movements into your everyday life and gradually working up to more intensive and longer workouts.

"If you haven't exercised in years, one of the best things to do is to start with just 10 minutes a day," she explained. "10 minutes will boost your metabolism and make you feel good."

Another way to approach it? Start your day with just five minutes of work, just like Austin does.

"I love a 5-minute wakeup workout," she said, adding that tightening your tummy for just five seconds is equivalent to one sit-up. "This energizes the body, and gets you ready for a good mindset."

15 PHOTOS
Denise Austin on Instagram
See Gallery
Denise Austin on Instagram
Today is the last day to save with my 4th of July Sale! Get $10 off my 10-Week Plan DVDs with Promo Code: SAVE10JULY Choose from stretching, toning, cardio, Barre & dance workouts to keep your body guessing! You’ll never get bored with so many different workouts to do! Best of all, my motivation and simple instructions will help the workouts zip by in no time! 👉 https://www.deniseaustin.com/10-week-plan-dvd/ Promo Code: SAVE10JULY Sale ends Sunday, July 7th
I believe part of accomplishing the goals you set for yourself has a lot to do with having a great support system! I’m so fortunate to have my family, friends and all of YOU to inspire me to continuously set new goals for myself and to actually stick to them! Remember, whatever you heart desires you can do and I’ll be here to help encourage you each and every day! You got this!! #GratiTuesday
Summer Sexy Thighs Quick Workout! Want to tackle those thighs?? Then this QUICK AND EFFECTIVE video is for you!! We will focus on the outer thighs, inner thighs, saddlebags and more! Moves that make change!!! Check them out today — LINK IN BIO 💙!!! https://www.deniseaustin.com/workouts/summer-sexy-thighs-quick-workout/
#MotivationMonday! Getting on a healthy track with eating and working out can be as simple as having the right motivation!!! Try these tips, which have worked for me for YEARS!! https://www.deniseaustin.com/lifestyle/tips-for-staying-motivated-to-eat-right-exercise/
I think yoga is so important for people to do, as it has soooo many benefits, both physically and emotionally. It’s a great way to ground your thoughts and make stress melt away… try these yoga poses from my Stop The Clock Fitness Plan and see how you feel afterwards…. Most likely wonderful — link in bio 💛🧘🏼‍♀️!! https://www.deniseaustin.com/workouts/how-yoga-can-transform-you-plus-three-moves-to-try/
Want more Challenges for your arms, legs, booty and ABS??!??! Then start your 7-day FREE TRIAL of DeniseAustin.com! I have 14-day Challenges like my Total Body Toning and Natural Body Bootcamp, and 7-Day Challenges like my Yoga Refresh… plus my amaaaazing 10-Week Challenge where members have lost up to 20 pounds!!! Learn more on my site, and start your free trial to check out ALL of them — link in bio 💕!! https://www.deniseaustin.com/join
Mini Arm Toning Challenge Day 2 - Let’s do some yoga for your arms with my Yoga Cardio Arms workout!!! It’s #InternationalYogaDay, the PERFECT day to get in some yoga and tone up those arms… all part of my FREE Arm Toning Mini Challenge!! And if you want more yoga, check out my Yoga Refresh Challenge — LINK IN BIO 🧘🏼‍♀️💕💪🏽 (https://www.deniseaustin.com/yoga)
I get asked a lot about age-related weight gain…. So check out this post on my five tips on how to prevent that weight that can creep in as we get older PLUS my “Ask Denise” insight — https://www.deniseaustin.com/lifestyle/ask-denise-avoid-age-related-weight-gain 💕👙!! Link in bio!
Are you feeling tight? Sitting at a computer, looking at our phones, and day-to-day stress can all lead to tight muscles… so let’s address those TODAY with these simple Pilates-inspired stretching moves!! SO easy to do and they feel sooooo good!! — link in bio 💕✨!!
This workout plan is perfect for the busy woman!! One of the hardest things to do is to find the time for a whole body workout every day, so I’m bringing you an easy-to-do workout plan.. And all the workouts are only 10 minutes long!! Get ready for a whole-body workout with my Natural Body Boot Camp Challenge! This two-week challenge will cover cardio, stretching, toning and balance, and then target areas such as legs, abs, your tushy and more. From head to toe, it’s a great way to get fit, toned and trimmed – naturally! Join me for three, 10-minute workouts, five days a week over the next two weeks – for an exclusive Natural Body Boot Camp experience we can do together! Sign Up Today — link in bio 💕💪🏽!!
#MondayMotivation: All it takes is a LITTLE EFFORT to make a HUGE IMPACT on how you feel! I want you to commit to doing at least 5 minutes of exercise every morning this week, and aim for 30 min total each day. You will feel SO GOOD when you are moving your body every day - you can do it! Check out my 5-Minute Workouts on my YouTube Channel, and subscribe so you never miss a new one — link in bio!!
Are you constantly trying to tackle your thigh area? Then this post is for YOU!! I put together some simple yet EFFECTIVE moves for you to tone and slim those inner thighs! Try these two workouts and learn more - these work so give them a try — LINK IN BIO 👟💕🦵🏾!! Xoxo
Are you worried about menopause belly or muffin top?? You don’t have to accept an expanding waistline as you get older - there are ways to tackle it and GET RESULTS! Check out my new post on how to prevent menopause belly, including an all-new abs workout (LINK IN BIO) 💕!!
#MotivationMonday!! Need an extra incentive to stick with your workout routine? These 10 tips are great ways to reward yourself - without sabotaging your healthy efforts! You can do it - treat yourself — link in bio!
My Summer Slimmer Challenge is wrapping up tomorrow - but it’s not too late to participate! Today’s workout is my LA Beachy Bootcamp workout - it’s a hard one, but YOU CAN DO IT!! I know you can! Check it out on my YouTube Channel and subscribe so you never miss a new video (LINK IN BIO)!
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

And, when it comes to your diet, Austin doesn't believe in starving yourself or depriving yourself of things that make you happy. She goes by an 80-20 rule: Eat well 80 percent of the time, and treat yourself 20 percent of the time. 

In order words, let yourself indulge, but do it in moderation. Oh, and definitely let yourself have that glass of red wine at the end of a long day -- Denise Austin does, and so can you!

Get more fitness, wellness and exercise tips and tricks from Denise Austin's website. 

Read Full Story

Sign up for the Best Bites by AOL newsletter to get the most delicious recipes and hottest food trends delivered straight to your inbox every day.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.