It’s not to late to achieve fitness for the over 50’s. In fact I see many a fitter 50 year old than many of the 20 something’s I meet. If you want to lose weight, gain muscle, increase energy levels, reduce stress or just generally look and feel healthier you’ve come to the right place.
My name is Larry Lewis.
By the time most of us reach the age of 50 we have a tendency to accept the negative effects of aging as a fact of life that we have no control over.
Well I can’t deny that on my next birthday I’ll be 52 years old, and was it only 9 months ago I became a grandfather. So there are signs that old age has set in. Neither can I deny that for maybe the first time in my life, due to a period of ill health, I am more overweight than I have ever been before.
But what I do not accept is that the days of me having a good body have long gone and that there is no way I can get it back in shape. This is simply not true. I want you to know this, and believe it, because if you still hanker the desire to get your body back into a shape you can be proud of, well it is possible. And i will be writing a series of articles covering fitness for the over 50′s.
It’s amazing how much can change in a year! I am determined to demonstrate this very point during the next 12 months. I hope that you join me on my journey through this blog
I was a professional fitness trainer but this doesn’t mean this journey will be any easier for me, with the exception I know what I need to do. So my intentions are to share with you this knowledge, and hopefully encourage you through both my own journey to rebuild my body and our interaction through my comments section.
There is a large body of scientific evidence that suggests that we can slow down and even reverse the symptoms of aging. In fact many of us can be in better health in our 50′s than we were in our 30′s.
Recent studies indicate that between the ages of 30 & 70 many of the symptoms & conditions that were traditionally associated with normal aging are in fact the result of sedentary lifestyles.
The good news is that regular exercise incorporated into our lifestyle can improve our heart & respiratory function, lower our blood pressure, increase our strength, improve bone density, improve flexibility, quicken our reaction time, reduce body fat, increase muscle mass, and reduce our susceptibility to depression & disease.
Studies have shown that regular exercise by middle aged people can set back the clock many years when compared to those who do little or no exercise. Test results show that no matter when a person starts to exercise, significant improvement can be achieved.
I have no intentions of getting old graciously. I’m determined to be fighting fit and not show my age, and I want the same for you.
I now do have a shining light who inspires me. My badminton coach, Peter Walton. Here is a man that can run down everything on a court, return it, then smash the most fearsome killer shots back at me. I’m lucky to get to 5 points against him. He is 72 years old!
So if you are a 50 plus know fitness for the over 50’s is very possible. Now if you’re not doing some form of sport or exercise, get started because it will make all the difference to you.
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Cutting calories from your diet is the best way to lose weight, but adding some daily exercise increases your calorie burn. Women over age 50 need at least 30 minutes of exercise each day for health benefits and weight loss. Include a couple of strength training sessions each week as well, which helps you build lean muscle. Thanks for sharing your post with us!! 🙂