I generally work out and eat healthy because I like to. I probably don’t have to in order to stay alive and have a pretty good quality of life. I could go years without resistance training and still have no problem walking up the stairs or lifting up the groceries. I am 25. I am also lucky. I like the way exercise makes me look and feel. Confidence from looking “good” isn’t a bad thing. I also like the way eating healthy makes me feel. I have a lot of energy and generally feel very good (no stomach issues, skin doesn’t break out anymore etc). I need to ‘walk the walk’ for what I help my clients with, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a lot of work for me. Constantly thinking about how my food will match up with my workouts is a job in itself. I think my girlfriend gets pretty annoyed with it sometimes.
But, I really enjoy everything I do with my nutrition and workouts or I wouldn’t be doing it. I am simply lucky to have good health, but at the same time I should have good health at 25 years old! I want that health and I want to feel this way forever though. I am realistic about my body. I know I won’t look like I look right now forever. But, I can always feel pretty dang good (barring any unforseen illness or injury) if I take care of myself.
The majority of my clients are 45-65 years old. I always say that I never really believed when people would say that they could tell when it was going to rain by their sore knees. Well, after training well over 100 people who have some kind of knee pain or injury…I do believe that old saying now. Guess what? Most of those clients with knee problems are over between 45 and 65 years old too.
By training so many people in this age range I have noticed a few things:
- More and more people are interested in living longer and living BETTER. For numerous reasons.
- I see that many people in their 50s or 60s haven’t really ever exercised or been conscious of their nutrition until it caught up with them. This doesn’t mean it is too late though. It is never too late to start.
- The people 45-65 who I have worked with who had been active and ate better for years before meeting me usually have less pain, better overall health, are stronger and usually are happier with their appearance and how they feel. There are exceptions to every rule though obviously.
- The people 45-65 who have exercised or ate healthier in the past are usually more willing to make positive changes to their life. Thus only improving the chances they reach their goals
- Peoples’ metabolisms aren’t crashed simply because they “got old.” Lack of exercise, loss of muscle from that lack of exercise, not eating enough protein, poor nutrition or not caring about nutrition are the main reasons you mysteriously gained 30lbs over the past 20 years. This is data from my clients and can be applied to many, many more people than just the clients I work with. Yes, as you age your metabolism slows, but you can also be proactive about it, knowing that it will happen and fight it with strength training and better nutrition. Or you can just do nothing and complain about your terrible metabolism. That is up to you.
- My clients 45-65 who begin exercising and eating better for the first time in their lives or the first time since their 20s or 30s always feel better, have less pain, are more confident, lose some lbs, are stronger and so cool things like clap pushups, deadlift 200lbs and do their first ever chin up. All over the age of 45!!
Where to start if you are feeling like this “age” thing is catching up to you? I got you.