Five Easy Steps to Men’s Fitness Over 50
So let’s face it; most men over 50 years old are in terrible shape. Years of physical neglect have taken their toll with weak, atrophied muscles, excess body fat, and unhealthy organs.
But here’s the good news; you can easily reverse this! In fact, men over 50 can get in the best shape of their entire lives with a very simple approach. Here are 5 steps to take to get on track for achieving a top level of health:
1) Get a physical
This is standard operating procedure for anyone starting back into exercise, don’t skip this step.
Make an appointment to see your doctor, explain that you plan to get back into shape with moderate exercise. Order blood work and have your testosterone and your PSA levels checked. Have your prostate checked.
If your free testosterone is low, talk to your doctor about HRT (hormone replacement therapy).
The process is quick and easy, and you will have peace of mind that everything is in order physically.
2) Change your diet
We can’t emphasize it enough – you are what you eat. Changing your diet has two components, a) changing what you eat, and b) changing how much you eat.
The former is to ensure you get all of the proper macro and micro nutrients the body needs to function properly. This will likely include supplements.
The latter is to reduce calories so that you lose body fat. You will need to take in fewer calories than you expend to lose weight in the form of body fat.
Seriously consider hiring a nutritionist if you are unsure of your approach and are not willing to do the research.
3) Join a gym
It takes a village to stay in shape. Actual research shows men who belong to a gym feel a sense of community and are much more likely to achieve their health and fitness goals by belonging to a gym.
This of course also gives you full access to all of the equipment needed for your exercise routine.
4) Hire a trainer
Chances are good that, if you’re a man over 50 and you’re out of shape, you either don’t know how to structure your workouts and/or what you used to know is antiquated and either ineffective or dangerous.
Hiring a personal trainer is simply one of the best investments you can ever make, returning the immeasurable benefits of health and fitness. Shop around and hire the most reputable trainer you can find, you will get what you pay for.
A great trainer listens to your goals, understands your body, and will put together a program just right for you. Additionally, your trainer becomes a key component in your accountability – it helps having someone holding your feet to the fire on your goals.
5) Don’t quit, no matter what
Like everything in life, persistence is what gets it done. You will have days you want to quit.
Don’t do it.
Simply take one day, one workout at a time, and do your best. Give your workouts the same priority you give to any other meeting. Sometimes you just have to say no to other options so you can say yes to your workouts.
Do these 5 steps and stick with it for at least 6 months, I guarantee you will see incredible results, and you’ll be on your way towards the best physical fitness in your entire life!