Health & Fitness Over 50

I turned 57 four weeks ago. Prior to launching this website and publishing my eBook, “Age Re-Defined”, I did not put my age out in the open. People frequently assumed that I was much younger than my chronological age. (They often still do.) Indeed, many times guys younger than me would begin to tell me what to expect when I reached their age. (This still happens. It happened as recently as last week when a guy younger than me started to tell me about how I could expect to have a “pot belly” when I reached his age, an age I’ve already passed.)

I was born 57 years ago, so I can and do write about fitness over 50 from not just a research-based perspective, but also from an experience-based perspective. And I live it for real, too – not in theory.

I write at length about my health and fitness journey in my eBook. I write about inner strength in my eBook. My parents passed away a few months apart when I was 21 – a factor in the evolution of my inner strength. I called upon that inner strength at other times in my life, including when I re-booted my fitness, when I sort of re-designed myself, at ages 52-54.

My eBook is full of information about exercise, nutrition, wellness, inner strength, and the mind-body connection.

By the way, yes, a nice physique is a good thing at any age. (For an example of the abs you can have 5 weeks out from your 57th birthday, check out my March blog post “Birthday Abs”.) In my own case, the physique emphasis is on leanness, with “tone”, and on conditioning.

There are 8 components of fitness and I write about them extensively in “Age Re-Defined”.

The full title of my eBook is: “Age Re-Defined: Take Control of Your Health, How You Feel, And How You Look – Even In Your Forties & Fifties”. If my own observations and the many published reports about the overweight and obesity epidemic are accurate, then many Americans have or should have as their goals the loss of excess body fat/weight, improved fitness (ideally, the 8 components), improved health (decreased risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, Type II diabetes, cancer, and more), improved wellness (less stress, less reliance or no reliance on medication, no substance abuse, etc.).

As I write in my eBook, there is a fitness continuum. Reaching one or more initial goals doesn’t have to nor should it mean the end of your fitness evolution. You can become even more fit.  Although I didn’t say it in the eBook, there’s also a health continuum and a wellness continuum.

Consistently good nutrition, consistent exercise (in my opinion, exercise which progressively challenges you), a lifestyle which embraces total wellness, positive self-talk and a positive attitude toward exercise, nutrition, and wellness: in my own personal experience, these have all contributed to my own fitness and wellness. In “Age Re-Defined”, we present so much more than is possible in this blog post, including references to articles, studies, and publications.

For me, exercise in my 50s has been more vigorous overall than exercise in my prior decades. To assume that there is an automatic across the board deterioration and to therefore not try is self-limiting. The typical fitness over 50 commentary seems to me very cautionary. To be sure, if someone has been sedentary for decades and if someone already has medical issues, caution is well-advised. But don’t be too quick to stagnate on the fitness continuum because you read somewhere that over 50 is over the fitness hill and you must therefore resign to feeling and looking “older” and to compromised health, to medication, etc. It’s your choice. Could you have a physiological issue here or there that you might have to “work around”? Yes, you might. But these things can affect exercisers of any age. (I go over the hill, alright. After I sprint up the hill!)

This approach to fitness over 50 is especially true for folks who might have been active years ago but whose activity level has decreased, or whose workouts have gotten “stale” or less frequent, and who have put on some unwanted weight and who might have an increased risk for disease, but who are still disease-free and who still enjoy full mobility. Persons who already have disease or who have been sedentary for decades, and/or are obese, etc., might require special program design and much more gradual progression. (Of course, consult a physician or fitness professional for medical clearance to exercise and/or for program design.)

But whatever you do, don’t accept that your 50-something fate necessarily is to be heavier, less healthy, sluggish, “old”, on medication etc. You see, it’s largely mental. The exercise and the nutrition will bring it all home.

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Be well!