The Trick to Feeling Younger

Steve McDonald By Steve McDonald, Bond Strategist, The Oxford Club

Slap In The Face Award


The slap this week goes out to all of us over the age of 50 who still exercise.

Hello! In case you haven’t noticed, our bodies have changed.

You’re probably thinking, “Really, McDonald? You mean all these aches and pains are not my imagination?”

No, they’re real, and they aren’t going away – at least not completely. And the changes in our bodies we all feel every day mean we have to change how we do things… especially exercise.

Stretching is no longer an option – it’s a necessity. We need to stretch as much as we exercise. If you haven’t tried yoga, I strongly recommend it. You’ll feel like a different person.

Bone density and muscle mass decrease as we age. One way to increase both is with resistance training… but that doesn’t mean bodybuilding.

Any good trainer can set you up with a complete resistance workout, and it’s a lot easier than you think.

Resistance training has also shown to improve memory and decrease belly fat. I’m sure we all could probably benefit from both…

And the old rule of one day off between good workouts is over too.

We need more time between workouts to recover. Our tissue doesn’t bounce back as quickly after 50. One of the signs is soreness that doesn’t go away as quickly as it did in the past.

Isn’t this aging stuff just wonderful?

Also, warmups are essential. Tendon elasticity decreases as we age, and we need to loosen them up as much as possible before exercising.

Oh, and one more little ditty about being on the backside of this race, the idea of running or working through pain and doing these long, slow workouts is over too.

Multiple short intervals of exercise is better for our older bodies. Training at shorter intervals versus longer, moderate periods decreases belly fat too.

So, along with how we spend, save and sleep, how we maintain our bodies has to change too.

And you thought retirement was only about putting your feet up and lying back. Wrong!

Good investing,