At 56 years of age, I am amused with information about workouts for men over 50 written by a young woman in her twenties.
I also find tons of article quoted or rehashed in fitness authority sites to boost their credibility. Dig a little deeper into those who conducted the research and you’ll find smart and young researchers without any personal experience with aging.
It is fascinating to study the lives of scientists devoted to researching exercise who have never even attempted to bench press over 200 pound or squat with a 300 bar on their traps.
Right now, as I am writing this article I am about half an hour away from my workouts which will include strength training with heavy loads. I still bench press 240 in my workouts and squat around 350 and I still work with front and side splits.
The scars I carry form past mistakes have made me very aware of my limitation but not fearful of the workouts that must be designed to impact my hormones. These hormones do as much for my emotional outlook and mental acuity as they do to keep my muscles mass and metabolism high.
I have never been into blindly following instructions but now I look for and pay attention to those with personal first-hand experience.
This is what you get on this website. First-hand experience.
I mentioned relatively “my” heavy bench press, squats and flexibility.
Who cares about that?
These exercises will not save you from having a heart attack or stroke. Performing them is not an insurance against disease, or a guarantee to improve your quality of life or extend it.
With age, quality has become more important to me. Quality of life is on top of the my list. I emphasize those aspects of exercise and workouts that enhance the quality of my life.
One of them is the ability to enjoy pain-free strong motions in everything I do. I include workouts that help me improve my mental acuity and emotional outlook.
Exercises that help me enhance my male hormone profile, retain my strength and keep my metabolism high allow me to remain positive, move freely and enjoy the meals I like.
Below is two simple and profound criteria I use in selecting my exercises as well as their goals.
- Pain-Free Strong Full Range Motions
- Improved clarity of thought and emotional balance
I did not include weight training, aerobics, bodybuilding or anything physical. Instead, I mentioned a general template and a structure.Strength, balance, flexibility, hormonal balance and high metabolism are some of the outcomes.
Hundreds of exercises could help you with these two goals. And there are thousands of exercises that do not fit these or any other goal other than selling a product.
I shared with you, my expectations from workouts. Do you have a list of what you expect from your over 50 workouts?