Men Over 50 Gain Muscle and Lose Weight

Living With Purpose After Age 50

Health and fitness goals for men over 50 come from first establishing meaningful life goals

Live With Purpose After Age 50

Health and Fitness goals become easier for men over 50 with a solid life goal.

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 their life in a broad context.  Specifically, what is your purpose in life?  And for men over 50, identifying “what it’s all about” provides challenges at this life stage.

For many, the post-50 years represent some significant changes.  Typically the kids are grown, paid for, and gone.  Many career goals have been realized.  And father time begins making changes to your body and to your overall appearance.  If you haven’t planned for this life stage and mentally prepared, it can indeed become an abyss of sorts.

So without knowing their broader life purpose, including broader life goals, how exactly do men over 50 gain necessary motivation for a health and fitness transformation?  (Cue crickets). Yea, exactly,  that’s one main reason why the attempt normally fails.  Establishing life goals becomes paramount to establishing and achieving health and  fitness goals.

Life goals are an extremely personal matter, and it’s beyond the scope of this writing to provide all of the attention necessary for this topic, but, that said, here’s a few things to chew on:

1)      What has life taught you?  One great benefit of the post-50 years is a pretty good dose of all things you like and don’t like.  Dump the stuff you don’t like and go get more of the things you do like, you’ve earned the right to do this.

2)      What is your legacy?  When you’re gone, what will you be remembered for?  Maybe it’s something big, like building a business.  Maybe it’s something small, like setting an example on how to live happily.

3)      What energizes you?  What would make you just giddy to get up every morning and go do all day?  Figure out how to make a life goal out of it.

4)      What kind of people do you like (and dislike)?  At this point, life is way too short to spend in the company of anyone except people you like, admire, respect, and want to be with.

5)      What in life do you deem worth fighting for?  Living by principles, including becoming an advocate for your values, provides inspiration for many people over 50 to set on a meaningful life course.

These are just a few things to think about, the important point however is that health and fitness goals become a subset of the broader life purpose, and knowing the importance of your body as your vehicle to transport you through the rest of your life becomes more valuable.  Health and fitness becomes a means to your end, and passion about your life purpose can provide significant motivation to get into the best shape of your life.

7 Responses to Living With Purpose After Age 50

  • Nathaniel Lomax says:

    I an 64 years old and was on the path to an early grave. I have high blood pressure, a nodule on my lung, any number of medical problems and just found out that I am pre-diabetic! At 225 lbs, large belly, short breath and no mus le tone to speak of, I decided that I had to finally look at what I was doing and make a MAJOR change. Since I bought this book, I have linked a lot of my issues with eating meat. As I did research to moving to a plant based diet, it became very clear why I could not loose weight and was gettimg so sick. With all the meat processing, chemicles in food, hidden fats and sugars I was fighting a loosig battle. For the past three weeks, I have been eating a plant based diet, and have started back to the gym – right now just building core and stamana. I have lost 8 pounds – weight is just falling off! I am monotoring my blood pressure to see if I can wean myself off the three different blood pressure medicines at some poimt down the road. I know everyone is different, but going to a plant base diet is worth considering.

  • Britt Williams says:

    Sorry for the long post, but allow me to offer a brief history so as to give you enough information to allow you to provide sound advice.

    I am 54 and lifted heavy off-and-on into my 30’s. At 52, after a 20 year layoff and thoroughly weak, fat, and miserable, I decided to build a home-gym for me and my older boys and start lifting again. I purchased a cheap 7′ Olympic bar and about 1000 lbs. from Academy and we (me and my boys) started lifting. Over time, the sleeves on my cheap bar separated, so I had a friend weld them to the bar and we continued on (we only do power-lifts, so no real problem with lack of rotation). I rapidly advanced in strength but unwisely pushed myself alongside my 20-something aged children and ultimately incurred a shoulder injury. In the meantime, as we’re always upgrading the equipment in our home-gym, I purchased a new bar, a CAP OB-86PB (w/bushings). Shortly thereafter, as I was slowly working back up in weight on the flat-bench and using the NEW BAR warming-up, I inexplicably dropped 255 lbs. fully-extended on my chest (I was blessed to only be bruised badly and had to lay-off for only a few weeks). Though I’ve always used a suicide grip (it seems so much more comfortable and stable for me), I was using a standard grip the day I dropped the bar because the NEW BAR seemed so unstable in my hands. Incidentally, I’ve never dropped a bar (used hundreds in gyms in previous years), or in my recollection, ever remotely came close to dropping one during my earlier lifting experience. At any rate, the next home-gym upgrade was a power-rack and I have lifted inside ever since and also went back to using my old cheap, welded bar. Also, it may be important to note: my boys, who regularly rep in upwards of 300lbs. on flat-bench, have never experienced a problem with the bar I dropped, the CAP OB-86PB.

    Fast forward a year. Contrasting exercises seem to have strengthened my shoulders and I don’t have many problems with that anymore. A few weeks ago, my boys slightly bent my cheap. welded bar squatting/dead-lifting with near 500lbs. So, wanting to upgrade, I ordered a Rogue West Side Power Bar which should arrive later this week. Today, knowing I have the protection of the power-rack and assuming the drop with the CAP OB-86PB was an anomaly, I opted to bench with it (CAP OB-86PB, the one a dropped before and hadn’t used since) instead of the old bar. I reasoned that the coming Rogue Westside will be my new bar and so it would be wise to use the CAP as it has similar specs (bushings, 29mm, etc) and will prep me for the Westside. During warm-up, starting with 135lbs., I un-racked the bar and just like a year earlier it felt unstable, as if the weight was shifting suddenly. However, I ignored this and cautiously moved ahead using the suicide grip until I got a little heavier, then being afraid, I reverted to a standard grip. At 285lbs. (which is not extremely heavy for me) I un-racked the weight, concentrating on my grip, and suddenly and explicitly dropped the whole bar again; it even sprained my left thumb rolling out of my hands (so, though I generally use a suicide grip, both times I dropped this bar I was using a standard grip). Thankfully, my PowerTech rack caught the weight, so no harm whatsoever to my person except my confidence. Needless to say, this FLIPPED me out. I finished my workout with my old, cheap, slightly-bent, but welded bar using a suicide grip.

    Do you have any idea what the problem is? Is bar-rotation a problem and have you heard of anyone having problems with certain bars rotating suddenly and the feeling of shifting weight? Are some people more apt to drop the bar with a standard grip as opposed to a suicide grip (I know, this seems like a stupid question)? Could this be an issue with a particular bar? Do you think this may be a wrist or grip problem (I have 8″ wrists but I do wear wrist-wraps for support as I had a wrist injury heavy lifting in my 30’s. I also regularly use Fatgripz while curling to strengthen my grip)? Moreover, my boys have told me that I do tend to shake (I don’t notice it though) when I lift heavy, could this be, at my age, a CNS problem? Of course, lifting lighter weights seem to pose no problem, as I seem to be able to easily control the bar. I’m really making strength gains right now and am within months of my immediate goals; I hate to back away from progressive overload at this point.

    Any thoughts or advice would be highly appreciated as my new Rogue bar will be in later this week and I am tentative about using it.

  • alvin a prettyman jr. says:

    58 yrs old 6 ft tall 266 pounds stopped tobacco in all forms aug 15 2012. my goal is to rid myself of excess bodyfat increase my wind.
    my main reason is to be a better witness for my lord Jesus Christ. i cannot take an overweight minister seriously. your website is one of 4 that i visit daily you are doing a great service for your fellow human beings.
    God bless you, keep the faith

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Men Over 50 Lose Weight and Gain Muscle

Best Masters Fitness

Copyright © 2012. All Rights Reserved.