Should you train differently after turning 50?
Well one word, absolutely! It wasn’t easy for me, but I have learned to modify my training.
People ask me this all the time and yes of course I train differently. It’s not that I don’t train as hard as I used to, but I just train differently. This isn’t my first blog about training and I’m sure it won’t be my last.
One thing I do is stretch. When I was in my 30’s and 40’s I just didn’t take the time or know how to really stretch. After doing some yoga in the past and just feeling my body aches and pains more I decided it was time to incorporate stretching into my workouts. I also foam roll almost every day whether it’s a workout day or not. Foam rolling to me is essential for getting rid of some of those knots I get in my upper back and trapezoid areas. I also like to roll my IT band (Iliotibial band) the fibers that are located along the outside of the thigh area. Foam rollers increase range of motion and reduce the pain that you might experience there. Foam rolling is basically a deep tissue massage that you give to yourself.
Do I still lift weights? Of course I do. Especially after turning 50 and going through hormonal changes such as menopause I think it’s very important to continue weight training to help reduce the effects of aging. It can help to increase your bone density and muscle strength. I am a creature of habit so for me weight training comes much more naturally than any other type of training. Don’t worry ladies, you will not become bulky. It just isn’t going to happen. We simply don’t have enough testosterone in our bodies to make us bulky. Shapely, yes and who doesn’t want that.
I do like to do the HIIT type of training to get my cardio in. Most of the time that is my new method of training. I can incorporate jumping jacks, sprints and jump roping into most of my workouts. Getting my heart rate up and still getting a good pump is important to me. I’m over 50, but I’m not dead. No reason to stop doing the things you love to stay in shape and stay healthy.
For me this is a lifestyle and something I will never go without. I might change it up here and there but I will always remain active. Whether it’s outside or in a gym. Go out and move. It does both your body and your mind good.