information from author john shumate about fitness after 50,seniors and masters weight loss,muscle tone,and getting fit.
Health and fitness goals for men over 50 come from first establishing meaningful life goals
Like many men over 50, you may be looking to get into better shape. You know, “lose weight, get toned, add muscle”, that kind of stuff.
But let’s be honest, how serious about all of this are you, really. Like many people, chances are high that you’ll have good intentions, maybe get to the gym for a few weeks or for a few months, make an awkward attempt at modifying your diet, and then drop the whole effort.
Why does this happen?
Usually it’s from lack of motivation. And one key motivational element is a burning passion to achieve some desired future state.
So what do you burn for?
Before starting down the health and fitness path, most men would benefit greatly from stepping back and looking at Continue reading
For many, turning 50 demarks a new period of diminishing life expectations. For others, turning 50 demarks their new beginning.
If you’re over 50 or at least approaching that life stage, you may have experienced it. Popular culture has long referred to this life phase as being “over the hill”.
You become less physically capable.
Your aggressive sense of adventure diminishes.
Life becomes a downward spiral of inactivity and apathy toward physicality.
But the real travesty is that “over the hill” is a mindset. Yes, some aspects of our physical nature change with age. However, the problem with aging isn’t physical degradation, it’s instead a problem of declining expectations brought on by a throwaway society that treats aging as an enigma.
Given a preference, who really wants to grow old. The aging enigma comes from a disconnect between our perceptions created by our youth culture and the reality of Continue reading
Okay, so let’s admit it – most men over 50 don’t like working out their legs. We all like the image of six-pack abs, bulging biceps, and an upper body that is no-shirt worthy.
But legs – ugh!
Legs are hard to train. These are mostly huge muscle groups that require lots of effort in the form of oxygen and ATP (muscle fuel), and intensive mental attitude.
And, depending on their personal makeup, most guys don’t get a “pump” in their legs during workouts, at least not the pump and immediate gratification that comes from looking in the mirror during most upper-body workouts.
Do curls and see a bigger bicep. Do squats and see stars.
But that doesn’t diminish the importance of leg workouts. For men over 50 who want a lifestyle full of the activities they love, strong legs are a must-have. Here are just a few reasons why: Continue reading
This year, for every women diagnosed with breast cancer, approximately two men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer. In fact, for a man living past 70, the probability of prostate cancer approaches 100%. And most certainly the risk of prostate cancer is high for men over 50.
Yet for all of the tremendous support and publicity that goes out for breast cancer, men’s prostate cancer remains a silent killer.
While progress continues on understanding, preventing, and treating prostate cancer, men over 50 can take important steps towards reducing their risk of prostate disease, and, like always, it comes down to two lifestyle regimens: eating right and exercise.
Like most health alternatives, evidence shows that choosing a healthy diet that’s low in fat and full of fruits and vegetables may reduce the risk of prostate cancer in men over 50. Here are diet options men over 50 should adopt:
- Change your fat intake. We need fat, but the right kinds and the right amounts. Get mostly omega 3 fats from fish and nuts. Try to minimize omega 6 fats that come from processed oils.
- Eat more fruits and vegetables ( a lot more). Fruits and vegetables are full of vitamins and nutrients that are thought to reduce the risk of prostate cancer. But more importantly, fruits and especially vegetables provide low-glycemic, or complex carbohydrates, providing a slow drip of energy that get used up and not stored as fat.
- Drink alcohol in moderation, if at all, and don’t smoke. If you choose to drink alcohol, limit yourself to no more than one serving per day. If you smoke, stop.
Studies show that men who exercise may have a reduced risk of Continue reading
These are all terms associated with the decline of male libido, sexual function, and reproductive abilities that take place later in men’s lives. However, unlike female menopause, this condition, which presents itself in most aging males over 50 (and some earlier), has no clinical name and is unrecognized by the World Health Organization.
It’s time for that to change.
“Male Menopause” carries the title of Andropause because proponents of the condition’s existence need to label what they see as a distinct condition identified by biological change experienced in men during mid-life.
Approximately 25 million American males aged between 40 and 55 years are currently experiencing the symptoms of andropause.
This change relates to the slow but steady reduction of the production of the hormones testosterone and dehydroepiandrosterone in middle-aged men, and the consequences of that reduction.
Andropause’s most distinct differentiation from menopause is its duration, taking place in men over many years, as opposed to menopause, which is usually a very sudden cessation in women’s reproductive capabilities.
Both conditions, however, are very similarly represented by Continue reading