Men Over 50 – Don’t Forget The Legs!
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:
What’s the number-one cause of injury in senior men? Falling down. Yep, statistics prove that men over 50 are most likely to hurt themselves through losing their balance and falling, leading to injuries of the head, the hips, the shoulders, the arms, and the hands.
Want to stay healthy? Don’t fall down. Want to not fall down? Have strong legs.
2. Leg injury prevention
Most orthopedists will tell you the health of a hip joint or of a knee joint is a function of the strength and flexibility of the muscles and the tendons that hold the joint in place. And joint health professional now look increasingly at muscle strengthening as a first line of defense not only for injury prevention, but also for a first alternative to surgery for injuries.
3. Motion control
Name your favorite physical activities. Golf? Tennis? Hiking? Running? It doesn’t matter, you will be better at your favorite activities and enjoy them more due to the increased control overall your leg musculature that comes from strength training.
Not only will you gain more muscle mass, you’ll also increase vascular capacity (the ability to get energy to your legs) and you will also increase neuro capacity (the ability of your brain to tell your leg muscles what to do).
Maybe you’re thinking endurance and weight training don’t go together.
Studies show that resistance training is a critically important component to muscle endurance. Generally speaking, the stronger a muscle, the greater it’s capacity for sustained work. If you want to go like the energizer bunny, get in the gym and start working your legs.
5. Overall physical balance
For men over 50 to have an optimally functional body, they need muscle strength and development in all major muscle groups, not just in the upper body. Any exercise regimen should include resistance training for the entire body in a holistic, 360-degree approach that includes upper body, core muscles, and legs. This ensures that our bodies operate in a balanced way with no weak links.
As always, if you’re unsure about how to train your legs, get with a qualified and reputable personal trainer, this is truly one of the best investments you can ever make in your lifetime.
Strong legs aren’t just for body builders, strong legs are for all of us over 50 wanting a happier, healthier lifestyle, so get into the gym today and get going on those legs!