If you read my first blog, let me expand upon it please.
Actually, there have been changes in the fitness industry. There is much more “science” involved, much of it changing our habits, not always for the better. Gyms are inundated with more & more equipment, again, much of it confusing & ineffective. So many new programs, probably mostly effective, if followed, and already in decent shape. But everyone responds differently, has a different learning curve, needs more nurturing time.
My advice to all new to the gym setting is to go slow, keep it simple, learn good exercise mechanics & form. If you over 40, your chances of injury increase, especially if engaged in a high intensity program. This is best avoided by having an experienced trainer who assesses your capabilities, and most important, though seldom understood, reads your “body language” before it is too late! This is impossible if the body is lifting too heavy a weight, or moving too fast with momentum or loss of control.
A younger person can get away with more mistakes, injuries heal quicker, and tend to be less severe. Working out “hard” comes with injuries to us all, but learn to minimize them by “training smart “! Let’s be honest, most join a gym because their first priority is to look good, though it should be to improve your fitness. Why this is of importance, & misunderstood, will be covered in a future blog.
Today, I want to emphasize that keeping it simple, go slow, crawl, then walk, not even necessary to run, will get results.
Be consistent, dedicated, above all patient, remember if starting from scratch, it took many years to reach this state, it is not a quick fix. The information I am going to provide you is proven through many years of experience, hasn’t been changed by marketing hype or corporate greed.
So lets continue on with Aging Greatly & see what next week brings.
This is my first blog, so allow me to tell you a little bit about myself.
Fitness and health has been a part of my life since I was a young boy. Though not from a highly athletic family, both my brother & I both embraced the lifestyle. Our genetics physically were a bit above average, and considerably above in regards to longevity. My obsession with fitness became an addiction, often missing school because the allure of walking by the YMCA was too much to resist. They actually changed the entrance time to 3 PM for minors as I was frequently pursued by the “truant officer” from the school system.
My activities through my younger years did not include weight lifting. I only knew of one “barbell” club, tried it with an older friend, a highly muscle bound, incredibly strong though not athletic boy from high school. The club was a dimly lit, windowless room, permeated with that “dirty sock” odor, filled with grunting young men, lifting “tons” of heavy metal ! There were no females, in fact, girls seldom engaged in any thing athletics other than cheer leading. Did not appeal to me, and it was 35 years before I returned to a fitness facility.
I was 50 by this time, and health clubs had evolved into highly modern facilities with a plethora of sophisticated equipment. Though a bit intimidating, I discovered I was overall fitter & stronger than most, definitely when it came to core strength. After observing the mechanics of much of the equipment, and the form & technique of the participants, I realized that most of the equipment was next to useless, & many of the members were totally clueless as to what they were doing ! Now almost 25 years later, nothing has changed much, and I am going to expand upon this in next week’s blog.
Thank you for getting this far, please join next week, this journey to Aging Greatly has just begun !