I wrote a blog post just a few years ago about “age is just a number“. In my blog post I spoke about how I haven’t changed anything in my training and pretty much trained harder now that ever before. This was of cause my own truth, since I was super fit, competed with success and had no plans on slowing down anytime soon.
A few years later I noticed that “age IS a number” you have to consider. Yes, I still train super hard but I also have to think about recovery. A few years back I don’t remember scheduling my rest days or having any specific treatments to my body. I was slack with rehab and pre-hab, simply because my body coped well anyway. Now, I couldn’t skip my warmups, mobility training, nor rehab for my shoulders and back. I do regular treatments and I try to take out 1-2 rest days per week. Not necessarily because I “want to” but because I “have to”.
It’s no secret…I hate to rest and when I train I like to do it hardcore! If I could choose, I would pretty much train all day every day, but I noticed that taking a full rest day actually makes me so much better when training again. Yes, “age is JUSTt a number” when talking about looks, because you can have the greatest bikini body even in your 50s. But when it comes to performance you need to consider your age or you will learn the hard way…with injuries!
Injuries will catch up sooner or later in life, but I do think that you can postponed them further if working more with the weaknesses before they get the best of you. To train hard is more fun, but to leave your ego by the door and train smart is probably a better term to implement when climbing up in age.
Everything that once was quite easy, such as retaining weight and healing from injuries is simply more difficult. When you get older you have to fight harder to prevent stiffness in joint and muscles. Also the hormonal changes affects the body most after 40 and the decreases in growth hormone will affect following:
- Muscle mass
- Weight control
- Healthy bone density
- Good sleep cycle
Another important hormone is testosterone. Here are some everyday processes that rely on healthy testosterone balance and suffer as we age:
- Muscle tone
- Energy levels
- Mental focus
- Good mood balance
- Healthy bone density
- Sex drive
A hell of a lot more to work when over 40! No, “Age is not just a number” but if there is a will, there is a definitely way to live strong and healthy throughout life. You might just have to tweak some things, but if you still training hard and perhaps still competing past 40, you probably better of than most younger people out there anyway.