Getting older can be tough enough as it is regarding the fact our bodies are not quite as strong and supple as they once were. That can be a tough pill to swallow for many of us who were involved heavily in athletics when we were younger.
For those of us who were not into athletics at a high competitive level, we still remember when we could do just about anything physically and ate anything we wanted and never thought twice about it.
Things though began to change as we get older. In fact what many of us find out as we age is that these bodies we were blessed with like an older car begin to have trouble in other words we start to see and feel physical breakdowns.
We somehow wonder where the time went and how did we become these high-mileage pieces?
And when we go through these physical mal-functions then we begin to experience more frequent visits to the doctor's office for chronic pain or diseases that can be brought on by the simple fact we have decided to at some point in our lives to stop exercising or being as active as we once were.
That in hindsight is a big mistake and what ultimately leads to our physical breakdowns and is one of the fastest ways to lead us to financial ruin later in life due to poor health from lack of physical exercise namely strength training and proper nutritional habits.
For the sake of this blog post lets just stick to strength training for a moment.
I do not have to go through the mountains of positive information on the benefits of strength training as you age, most of us know by now in the information age the importance that resistance training has both on your mind and body.
Its just following this advice for many of us becomes the real challenge.
Our bodies after approximately the age of 30 begins it physical decline in losing its muscle mass, some would say its earlier than that, however, with loss of muscle comes the loss of overall strength. It's not as obvious at 30 as it is when you start hitting 50, 60, and 70 years of age.
If you plan on living a high quality of life as you age and most of us do, then to become age-defiant you need to start on a committed strength training program to reap the benefits of improved health through stronger bone development, improved cardiac output, increased metabolism and a reduction on body fat just to name a few.
A stronger body also means fewer aches and pains as you age, improved cholesterol readings, and a significantly better outlook on life.
Not to mention the keeping more of your finances in your pocket and less in the doctors and pharmaceutical industries coffers. Medical expenses are outrageous in this country and medical related bankruptcies in the geriatric community are just out of control.
You worked hard for your money and to blow it all on medical costs is a disgrace when in fact you could have prevented it by taking the time and making a strong commitment to get stronger through weight training beforehand.
Many of think strength training is a young persons game or others of you feel you can get hurt by weight training.
Sure doing something ill-advised in the gym can get anyone hurt and that is the importance of having someone trained in the field of strength training take you through several weeks of good solid instruction on the dos and dont's of building a stronger body.
Using proper form is the secret to preventing injuries.
As we age this is not a time to get docile and "take it easy", in fact, this is the time to get serious about your health and well-being if you plan to survive. Your either going to be the hammer or the nail when it comes to life and wouldn't you rather be in charge of your own life rather than someone else?
Strength creates independence, not dependency.
Strength training is one of the best things you over 50 can do to assure you a higher quality of life and a healthier life while reducing your medical costs and other related expenses due to weakness or frailty.
I see it every day in my occupation and the sad thing about it is it did not have to be this way. Many do not either heed the advice of those of us that see the ramifications of non-activity every day or they decide to gamble and live by the adage that " that always happens to someone else"
Don't be that individual who decides to do nothing, time cannot be stopped, neither can the regression of the human body if you are not proactive in your further growth and development.
The take-home message is you have a choice right now how you plan on living your life after 50 both physically and mentally. Strength training adds fuel to both these areas of your life and allows you to do things that others cannot your age.
Depression does not have to exist, anxiety does not have to exist if people were proactive rather than reactive when it comes to their physical and mental health.
Find others your age that are interested in building a secure future both mentally and physically through resistance training. That is the number one exercise you can do, walking is better than nothing but it does not strengthen you, you need to be more assertive.
I have an ebook that is out on Amazon called " Health and Wellness in The 21st Century" that is worth reading, its a quick read but gets to the heart of the matter.
My goal is for you to keep your financial picture healthy by living a healthier and higher quality of life through strength training and making better nutritional choices.
Let me know what you are doing to build yourself both mentally and physically after 50. This is the most important time in your life.
Its the fourth quarter in the game of life and now is the time to put out an all-out assault on developing the best version of yourself you can be!
Richard Haynes PTA, CPT