2 Key Elements of My Over 60 Training Program
I AM TRAINING FOR A BODYBUILDING CONTEST. While that may sound not particularly notable, I am 60 years old. I want to share some of my master’s strategies for training success for those 35 and older. Today we look at two key elements of my over 60 training program.
There are many benefits of exercising after age 60. Some of the most important include:
- Reduces the risk of chronic diseases. Exercise can help to reduce the risk of developing chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, and some types of cancer.
- Improves physical fitness. Exercise can help to improve strength, endurance, flexibility, and balance. Physical activity can help older adults to stay independent and active.
- Boosts mood and energy levels. Exercise can help to improve mood and energy levels. Moving can help older adults to feel more positive and engaged in life.
- Reduces fall risk. Exercise can help to improve balance and coordination. Exercise can help reduce the risk of falls, a major cause of injury and death in older adults.
- Improves cognitive function. Exercise can help to improve cognitive function, including memory and thinking skills. Physical activity can help older adults to stay mentally sharp and independent.
- Increases life expectancy. Exercise can increase life expectancy in older adults.
For many, staying active with age can be challenging. First, older folks are slower to recover from moderate or vigorous physical activity. Second, we are more apt to suffer injury. Third, our priorities change. Sound familiar?
1. Rest and recovery
An important part of my master’s bodybuilding (perhaps physique optimization is a more descriptive term) is listening to my body. When I was younger, I often thought I could train through minor injuries. I no longer think that way.
Now, if I have pain, I follow this rule:
“Treat (when indicated) and rest.” Test my limits and step…