Saturday, March 3, 2018

How to Maintain Strength and Muscle as You Age

I can't tell you how often people ask me how I keep my strength, and maintain my muscle mass as I age.  I will be 60 this year and I'm stronger than I have ever been.  The three things that I credit for maintaining my strength and muscle as I age are; a daily spiritual practice, regular strength training, and getting enough protein in my diet.

Daily Spiritual Practice
I believe we all have unlimited access to a Divine Eternal Life Giving Source.  Each morning the first thing I do is to connect with my Divine Source, I call it my coffee time with God.  I thank God for my life, health, and strength, I read something inspirational, and then sit in silence basking in God's unconditional love.  I'm always amazed at how the stress in my life melts away like snow in the light of warm sunshine during this time.
I am convinced that if you feed your soul first, your mind and your body will also be nourished.  Since starting this daily practice over 15 years ago, I've only missed one day of work due to sickness.

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Saturday, February 24, 2018

Avoid These Workout and Post Workout Mistakes To Maximize Your Results

Below is a link to a very good and informative article about how to maximize your workouts written by fellow fitness blogger and bodybuilding enthusiast Mark Williams.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

How to Develop Strong and Healthy Shoulders

Strong and healthy shoulders are key to overall upper body strength and ease of doing the everyday activities of life.  Your shoulders are the most mobile joints in your body and are involved in every upper body movement.  This mobility also makes your shoulders more susceptible to imbalances in strength and flexibility than any other joint.

To understand how to keep your shoulders strong and healthy you have to know a little about the anatomy of your shoulders.  The following is a simple a explanation of the anatomy of your shoulder joint so you can see the major players in it's health and  movement.  Please click here to see the entire post.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Hire a Personal Trainer to Get Your Fitness Program Started Right

With the new year comes your New Years resolution to get healthier and more fit. You are ready to start on the road to improving your health and fitness but you don't know exactly how to begin. I suggest you hire a personal trainer to get your fitness program started right.

While you can find good health and fitness information in publications, and online you will also come across some bad information that is good for not you.  One of the major benefits of investing in a personal trainer is that he or she can assess your physical capabilities and design a fitness program that gets the best results for you with very little chance of injury.. Also, they can educate you on healthy eating habits which is one of the biggest parts of seeing optimal results from your fitness program.

When hiring a personal trainer make sure they are certified by an organization that is accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), have liability insurance, and have experience in the field.  Check with some of the trainer's clients both present and past to get their experiences working them.

Below is a list of the top 10 best personal trainer certifications as in, written by JEREMY HOEFS. Please click here to see the complete post

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Staying Fit and Strong as You Age

I'm a nationally ranked powerlifter and last week I had my 59th birthday.  I can honestly say that I'm stronger now than I was in my 20s.  People often ask me how my strength keeps improving as the years add up?  The answer to this question is having a right mental attitude about aging, doing regular strength training exercise, and eating properly.  Let me explain each of these items below.

The Right Mental Attitude
There is a difference between aging and getting old.  Everyone is going to age, but not everyone has to get old.  Getting old is more of an attitude than anything else.  You are as old or as young as you think you are, and this has nothing to do with number of years.  I've seen people in their 40s complain of getting old, and I've seen people in their 70s and 80s who look and act like they were in their 30s. While recently working out, getting ready for a national powerlifting competition someone approached me and said "just wait till you turn 40, you won't be able to lift like that anymore", to which I replied "age is just a number my friend, I've got you by 18 years".

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Saturday, October 28, 2017

Sacopenia, aka Muscle Loss Can Begin In Your 30s

Sacopenia is the progressive loss of muscle mass, function, quality, and strength related to the aging process.  When the word aging comes mind most people think of 65 plus, however you can start to lose muscle mass in your 30s.  As a matter of fact, between the ages of 30 to 60, the average adult will gain 1 lb of weight and lose 1/2 lb of muscle yearly.  That's a gain of 30 lbs of fat and a loss of 15 lbs of muscle over a 30 year period.

How does this happen?  Beginning in their mid-30s most people start to lead a more sedentary lifestyle.  They have careers, get married, have children, and lead less physically active lives, and as a consequence they begin to lose muscle mass.  Your body is designed for physical activity, and the old saying "use it or lose it" is true when it comes to your body, especially your muscle mass.  Click here to see the entire post.