I’m sure it wasn’t this way when I was younger. I used to go to the gym and it was filled with a variety of people, from the older guys trying to keep some muscle to the young pups lifting huge weights that would make my eyes water. All I wanted to do at the gym was give the treadmill a go, maybe try something else like the rowing machine before a few light weights to keep in shape and then hit the sauna.
But this place is a jungle now. It is filled with people that are hitting massive weights and I feel like I don’t belong. I’m a couple of decades above the average age for the gyms I have been to over the last few years. I never make it past a few weeks. I remember the olden golden days of Gold’s Gym and the way Venice Beach was portrayed on the TV and in movies. That was when Arnie had first arrived in America…
Man, I’m really showing my age now – and feeling it too!
The gym can be an intimidating place for men approaching fifty, especially if you’ve not kept in shape over the last few years.
With all of this in mind, I wonder if there is still a place at the gym for the man approaching fifty. So, I decided to investigate. Here’s what I found out…
Don’t Try to Keep up With the Kids
There will be young people there who can lift some serious weights, fly through the most high-intensity spin class or run a mile on the treadmill in four minutes. And it would be foolish indeed to try to keep up with these whippersnappers, whether they are your children or someone else’s.
You have your own limits, your own strengths and your own weaknesses. And that is absolutely fine. You can just work to your own way. Younger men going about their business might give you the odd stare, but they don’t really care what you are up to. The person who will judge you the most is the one staring at you when you look in the mirror. Don’t give that one the satisfaction. If you wear the right gear and take your time, then you will feel comfortable and get the most from your experience.
Know What You Want to Achieve
There are so many different workouts out there that you might wonder what it is you should be doing. Each one will tell you it is the ideal workout for men approaching 50 but that’s simply not the case. The best workout for you depends on what you want to achieve.
If your goal is weight loss, then you will have a very different workout plan to someone who wants to gain muscle. So, before you do a thing, stop and take the time to decide what it is you want from your time at the gym. In fact, you might conclude that the gym really isn’t the place at all to achieve what you desire.
Work the Core
One area that many of us let go when we pass through our 30’s and 40’s is the core. Whatever exercise you want to do, the core will be essential to this. This is a vital part of your weekly fitness and can stop you from having issues such as –
- Lower back problems
- Slipped discs
- Contact injuries
So, to work on the core, you should consider crunches. Start with only a handful and build up the number as you become stronger. You will find a massive difference over time here. If you’re not sure what a crunch is then follow these instructions –
- Lie on your back
- Bend your knees so your feet sit flat on the floor
- Cross your arms in front of your chest
- Lift your shoulder blades off the floor
- Lower yourself gently to the floor again
Good luck with these and they will help you cement a place at the local gym, wile probably earning you some respect from the younger members too!
Think About What You Eat Too
Your time at the gym needs some fuel. If you don’t put the right things in your body in the first place, then you will struggle to get the absolute maximum from the hard work you are putting in. Again, this is connected to thinking about what you want to achieve.
If you are looking to add muscle mass, then this will require different foods to that you will need for getting fit enough to run a half marathon, for example. Muscle needs protein while running will require you to fill up on carbs.
Whatever your workout, I have found that Forever Argi+ is a great way to recover from exercise. Take it before and/or after exercise to reduce tiredness in your muscles and your body and mind too. I take regularly when I am exercising and have found it to aid my recovery. I feel ready to get on with my day and the natural tiredness after a workout disappears quickly.