Only one in ten men over 50 will stick with their 2013 fitness goals. At bestMastersFitness.com, we’re your allies for success.
Another year, another resolution to lose weight and to get into shape. Like many men over 50, you may be contemplating getting into the gym and changing up your diet. And you’re likely to fail and give up within 30 days.
Your problem isn’t lack of desire, it’s lack of skills.
In addition to desire, you also need to know what to do and how to do it. Without this knowledge you’ll end up like a boat drifting without a rudder, and you will become frustrated when you realize you don’t know where you’re going, much less how to get there.
At bestMastersFitness.com, we’re here to change that for you. bestMastersFitness.com provides you with all of the information you need to:
1) Set meaningful, achievable goals
2) Create workouts to get you in the best shape possible
3) Change your diet so you’re eating the right things in the right amounts at the right times
4) Stay motivated so that you not only hit your goals, but you also transform your life forever
Too many men believe the cultural stigma that after age 50 they’re “over the hill”. Don’t buy into it because it’s total crap.
In fact, not only can you get into great shape, it’s entirely possible to be in the best shape of your life – after age 50!
Here are just a few ways bestMastersFitness.com can help you get started on your way to perfect health in 2013:
1) Search our information base to access hundreds of articles, videos, and podcasts, all specifically created for men over 50.
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3) Get our all-inclusive book, BestFit50, with absolutely everything you need to know about getting into the very best shape of your life after age 50.
The choice is yours, you can either struggle blindly through another failed attempt at losing weight getting in shape, or you can create a plan and gain all of the tools you need to achieve incredible fitness levels that will amaze you and everyone around you.
At bestMastersFitness.com, we’ll be here for you to help you lead a healthier, happier life!
If you’re over 50 years old, you absolutely must have a strong core, here’s why.
Most people have heard about the importance of “core strength”. But notions of a fitness routine bring thoughts of upper body strength, including adding muscle to the chest, upper back, biceps and triceps. While targeting upper body strength and size seems like traditional gym work and agreeably has the highest sex appeal, but for men over 50, your core is absolutely the most important body part to develop.
What is the core?
Core muscles make up the 360-degree area wrapping around your entire torso and hip regions. In the front, the core muscles begin just below your chest and run down to your pelvis. In the
back, the core muscles begin about mid-back and run down to your upper legs.
Many people incorrectly think of the core as just “abs” associated with the famed “six pack” look. While the main abdominals to compose an important part of the core group, thoughts of core strength must be expanded to include the entire torso region.
Additionally, many don’t realize that hips are indeed part of the core, and that abdominal and back muscles reach down to the hips, while hip muscles (including the gluteals, or “butt” muscles) reach up into the torso, with the two groups 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
Enjoying an active lifestyle with osteoarthritis can continue well after age 50 with these 5 simple keys.
If you’re a man over age 50, your odds or getting osteoarthritis begin rising significantly. In fact, if you’ve noticed pain, aching, or soreness in your knees, shoulders, or hips, chances are good that you’re getting early warning signs of this degenerative disease’s onset.
What is Osteoarthritis?
Arthritis means inflammation of the joints. Osteoarthritis, sometimes known as “wear and tear” arthritis, is most common of all arthritis types, and is a breakdown of cartilage in joints, occurring in almost any joint. Osteoarthritis commonly occurs in weight bearing joints, including hips, knees, and spine, and can affect other joints if previous injury or excessive stress is involved.
Cartilage’s main function is friction reduction and shock absorption in joints and serves as a shock absorber. With osteoarthritis, joint cartilage becomes stiff and loses elasticity, making it more susceptible to damage, and over time the cartilage wears away, decreasing its cushioning ability. In advanced stages, the bones could rub against each other.
Living with Osteoarthritis
Although you should always consult with your doctor, keeping arthritic joints active as part of a healthy lifestyle is your best bet for Continue reading
Now over 50, multi-sport athlete Sam Pearson was diagnosed with prostate cancer four years ago and has persevered. Sam recently sat down with bestMastersFitness.com to share his story.
bMF.c: Sam, tell us about the physical activities you stay involved in.
SP: I really enjoy riding Mountains Bikes with my son; he and I race in 6 to 7 events per year. I also enjoy running 10Ks or half’s.
bMF.c: Why the interest in this area?
SP: I really enjoy being in shape, I know this means different things to different people, but by doing this, I can make adjustments in my training and prepare for MTB racing season, competing in a Triathlon, running a half marathon or just about any activity.
bMF.c: How do you stay in shape for your activities?
SP: I do cross training of MTB & road biking, running and swimming. My one area that I really am slack in is Continue reading
Somewhere around age 50 men begin a testosterone decline, but options exist.
As men reach the vicinity of their 50th birthday, significant hormonal changes may already be underway. Perhaps the most important change taking place is a gradual reduction in the male sex hormone testosterone.
Testosterone controls a lot in the male body, including serving as the principal male sex hormone and as an anabolic steroid. To simplify, that means testosterone controls sex drive and muscle growth. When testosterone levels fade in men, so does their sexuality and their physiques.
More specifically, men enter a life period often called andropause, or “male menopause”, where their bodies slow down, sex becomes less interesting – sometimes impossible through erectile dysfunction, and muscle and bone density begin decreasing.
The good news is that men over 50 have options in ways to slow this process of testosterone decline, and in some cases maybe even reverse it. We’ll first look at some natural ways to improve testosterone levels in men, always the best option. Second, we’ll look at hormone replacement therapy, an alternative to raising testosterone levels in men that should only be done under a doctor’s supervision.
First, men over 50 can effect testosterone decline naturally through lifestyle changes. Eliminating health degradation habits like Continue reading
If you’re a man over 50 seeking to lose weight and get into shape, you need to hear what fitness expert Tara Marie Segundo has to say.
With 30 years of fitness and personal training experience, Tara Marie Segundo knows a thing or two about fitness for men over 50. Just check out Tara’s bio:
– Personal Trainer
– Motivational Strategist
– Radio Talk Show Host
– Masters in Applied Physiology from Columbia University in New York
– WNBF Figure Professional
– Former Ms. Figure America Champion
Tara recently sat down with us at bestMastersFitness.com to talk about fitness for men over 50.
For more information about Tara, check out her facebook fan page here!
Should men over 50 wanting to build muscle take the same approach as younger guys?
If you’re a man over 50 wanting to build muscle mass, some might tell you it’s the same approach for everyone, and that what goes for a 30-year-old man also goes for a man over 50.
While many common fundamentals to muscle gain between age groups exist, many important differences also exist.
Hare are 5 important ways that building muscle for men over 50 is different than for younger guys:
1) You don’t need as many calories
As men age, their metabolism slows and their bodies require fewer calories to maintain body weight and body composition. Many men become overweight simply because they continue eating the same amounts as when they were younger.
Most accepted doctrines states that, to gain muscle mass In conjunction with lifting weights, men must eat more calories to support muscle synthesis and a higher level of muscle mass.
Be careful with this.
For men over 50 gaining muscle mass, making every calorie count for maximum nutritional benefit is most important, and if you have a dual goal of body fat loss, eating fewer calories rather than more calories could be most important.
2) You need more joint protection
As men age, joints can become less flexible from weakened muscles, less tendon elasticity, and loss of important lubrication within the joint.
While building muscle mass will contribute to overall joint health, men over 50 should be careful during the muscle building process to Continue reading
For men over 50 looking to discover a fitness lifestyle, the right personal trainer can mean success or failure, learn these 5 key attributes!
If you’re a man over 50 looking to jump-start a fitness regimen that includes losing weight and gaining muscle, your best first move is hiring a personal trainer. However, especially for someone fairly new to working out, it’s important to know all personal trainers are not created equal.
The fitness industry produces thousands of new personal trainers each year, many of which lack critical skills required to excel in the profession. Don’t just accept the first trainer you come across. Finding the very best personal trainer for you will require some work, but looking for these 5 key attributes will make your work easier.
By far the most important personal training skill is communication. Top personal trainers listen closely to their clients and obtain a keen understanding of what the client wants to achieve and why that achievement is important to them. Likewise, the best personal trainers excel in communicating to their clients what needs Continue reading
In this three-part series, bestMastersFitness.com looks at the key fundamentals for men over 50 getting started on life-changing health and fitness habits.
Part 1 – Men over 50 Need Fitness Goals
If you’re a man over 50 wanting to lose weight, gain muscle, and generally get toned and fit, you need a starting point. As with most journeys, the first step can often be the hardest part.
If you’ve been out of shape for a while or if you’ve never really ever been in shape, the task my seem overwhelming. So the best approach in situations like this is breaking the task down into smaller components that become achievable tasks with tangency to the question “what do I need to actually do every day”.
Establish a Goal
The old management phrase “if you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it” applies here to fitness goals for senior men. It’s simply not enough to say “I want to lose weight and get into shape”.
What does that really mean?
First, senior men need to identify what’s important to them from a fitness standpoint. Goals must be personal because motivation comes from a desire to achieve passionate goals.