Ah, forty. The age where most folks give up the ghost and start preparing for shuffleboard. You’re told to exercise differently, eat differently and act differently. While some of this advice is well placed, much in my opinion is a little too wimpy. As long as your physician has cleared you for vigorous exercise, you can, with a few modifications participate in as aggressive as plan as you wish. There are countless numbers of high level athletes playing professional baseball, soccer, basketball, football, hockey and mixed martial arts in their forties. And thousands more playing high level sports at the amateur level. For example; just a few years ago a 58 year old man made NCAA history and national headlines by making his college football team.
Not only elite athletes are producing such great results; one of my clients is a 60 year old who can knock off 50 pushups in a row and hits a golf ball over 240 yards. Another client knocked off 70 pushups in a row on his 70th birthday and beat the tennis pro at his club who was 30 years his junior in straight sets! I routinely have clients in their 50’s and 60’s post exercise results that exceed the physical fitness testing standards of the U.S. Army for soldiers in their 20’s! On a personal note, I’m 51 and in better shape now than I was at 20 when I was maxing out the Army’s PT test. I’ve done 3000 body-weight squats in a row, 315 pushups in one continuous set, chest pressed 50lb dumbbells in each hand 95 consecutive times, 35 consecutive pull-ups and held a plank for 10 minutes. I did all of that when I turned 47! That same year I tried to break the world record for push-ups in a minute (it was 138). I tried and I tied it three times.
I don’t say any of this to impress you (ok, maybe just a little) but to impress upon you that age is not quite the barrier that many folks believe it to be. I’ve seen people get off their medications, get whole new wardrobes and completely transform their physical self (and therefore their life) at ages where most people are settling for high cholesterol and a non-existent sex life . Now, I am not living in youthful denial. It is true that being 50 or 60 is not the same as being 20 or 30. And not everyone will or even desires to be at a high level of conditioning worthy of organized athletics. BUT, with proper training and nutrition you can extend the fun and functional independence of your life decades beyond what most people experience. I don’t want to just live long, I want to live long and prosper! What sounds better to you? More strength, power, agility, balance, coordination, endurance, sexual vitality, improved mental acuity, improved confidence, less medical bills, look younger, feel younger, be healthier OR do you want to struggle to get out of your bed everyday, feel tired all the time, become progressively weaker, fatter and unhappy, spend more money on medications than food, be on a first name basis with your pharmacist, spending the rest of your life waiting to die instead of living the full and wonderful life that awaits just outside your door. IT’S YOUR CHOICE!