Fitness training for older people
As you grow older, it is very important to continue to exercise and keep the body fit. When you are going through the catabolic cycles, you need to pay special attention to physical fitness.
You will train differently.
For example, you will not use the hard gainer’s routine described in Exercise 17. You do not want to overload muscles and tear down muscle fiber because it will not grow back the same way as when
you were younger.
It is generally best for older athletes to train at a much lower intensity and for endurance. For example, instead of doing five squats with 300 pounds on the bar, you might find it better to load 50 pounds on the bar and do 50 repetitions.
Walking is good exercise. To place even less strain on the joints, you can exercise in a swimming pool. Simply going through exercise movements while in the water is excellent because the water offers resistance without placing stress on the joints the way that exercise on land could do.
Stretching and flexibility are important for older people. George Foreman said he thought he was feeling the effects of growing older when he came back to boxing, but then after he did some stretching exercises, he realized that he had just lost some flexibility and this made him think that he was getting old.
Once he regained his flexibility, he felt like he was in his 20s again. And the rest, as they say, is history.
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As always, get professional advice and confirm your plans at your level. To help you make the decisions that are best for you, check in with your Mental Coach or use any of the Exercise workout and fitness techniques that have worked for you.
Training to help overcome injuries
A well-trained athlete can begin exercising an injured joint very early and can come back from the injury much more quickly than the average person. This is because athletes know their bodies so well. They know the exact effect of every exercise that they do.
Get to know your body at your level.
When you are injured or ill, use your level to determine how – or if – you should be exercising.
You do not want to procrastinate and get too far out of condition, nor do you want to exercise too hard too soon and impede your recovery.
Talk to your doctor, your trainer, your coach and your Mental Coach.
Also remember to use your visualization workout and fitness technique to help speed the recovery from the injury.