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Your Changing Fitness Program

Exercise and Dietary Needs Change as You Reach Middle Age

"I want to be the oldest guy at the gym and still bench pressing enough to have the young guys notice. I don't want to set any world records, but I want my athletic performance to be considerable enough to bolster my self esteem." Does this quote meet with your approval?

When we started exercising for fitness and strength our goal was to improve the quality of our lives (and pump up our self esteem, too) with good health and longevity.

What are we going to do when we do age and experience a diminishing of our physical capability?

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With the proper adjustments to our exercise and dietary needs, there may be no reason to be concerned. Our capacity for exercise and physical activity may not diminish very much.

First of all, by strength training on a regular basis, both men and women are able to slow their glandular aging considerably.

In fact, in men, testosterone levels actually rise from strength training, independent of special diets or supplements.

What Happens When We Age

As we age, the rate of cell division slows down making it take longer to recover from exercise and for our tissue to rebuild.

There is a decline in elasticity in joints, skin and ligaments. This makes some exercises harder to perform with a full range of motion.

There is a decline in maximum heart rate and in our power output.

All of this may be slowed, halted or even reversed with the proper exercises and nutritional supplementation. There is no reason to slow or stop our fitness regimen just because we are aging.

It is a known fact that the person who remains fit throughout their lives will always be physiologically younger than their contemporary who is a couch potato.

But that couch vegetable can stop or even reverse their decline by getting up and exercising.

Some of the world records in power lifting were set by people over 40. The world's best time for the marathon (26+ miles) for a 50 year old is 2:11. This time would win most international events.

Sure, your intensity levels may have to be adjusted to accommodate the slower regeneration of tissue at middle age, but with these adjustments made, our fitness program may continue until we are ready for the bone-yard.

Our middle-aged joints are more vulnerable to injury, but supplements like glucosomine will help renew the cushion in our joints.

How can we assure our continued fitness activity...

Actions we can take

In summary, as we approach middle age or beyond, our exercise and fitness program should adapt to our physiological changes.

These physical changes may be slowed or even halted by proper diet and the right exercises.

Our dietary needs will need to be adjusted to accommodate our slowing metabolism and hormonal production. The proper adjustments can delay these changes, sometimes indefinitely.

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