Sunday, 12 February 2012

50 years young! - Age is just a numer 20,30,40........
What is it that makes us old? The longer time I spend in the health and fitness industry, the surer I’m that we make ourselves old.

Of course we have a biological part of it that we can’t do anything about, but unfortunately I think our thoughts do more damage and aging to our body than actual biological aging does. If we think “I can’t do this because I’m old” or “This is how I look because I’m old”, of course we are going to look and act old.

My observation is that as we age two different body types occur, soft with excess body fat, or thin with no muscle mass. Why not have a fit and tones body and feel strong and full of life?

The key to a great body is to maintain muscle mass. I’m not talking about a muscle mountain, just nice and firm to stop wobbly arms and muffin tops.

After the age of 30 there is a loss of approximately 3.5% of muscle mass per decade. Metabolism slows down and weight increases. Metabolism is the energy expenditure (calories) it is hard work to run the vital functions of your body (heart, lungs, nervous system etc.) when at rest. Weight training can raise a person’s metabolic rate for as long as 24 hours after exercising.

A weight training program can do wonders for your body shape, health and wellbeing. Research has shown that significant improvement can be made at any age, so it’s never too late to start. The American College of Sports and Medicine (ACSM) states that; “weight training is the only type of exercise that can slow down and even reverse the decline in muscle mass, bone density and strength that was once considered inevitable consequences of aging.”

So if we keep thinking “I’m too old to lift weight, or there is no point in doing weight because I’m old and this is how an old body looks”, then we will definitively look old and act old. Until we begin to think and act like the person we aspire to be, we will never attract the life we seek.

There are many people how are on a diet or a training routine today that will never have a chance to lose the weight or change their body because they’re still the same person that gained that weight or lost control of their body to start with. Healthy and fit people don’t think and act the way they do because they are healthy and fit. They are healthy and fit because they think and act like a healthy and fit person.

To get what we want, we need to change who we are. To change who we are, we simply need to change the way we think and act.

Are you telling yourself how good you feel when you have a healthy light meal? Or are you focusing on how much you miss you chips and hamburgers? Are you telling yourself how strong you feel and how good you look when you do your weight training sessions? Or do you focus on how impossible it is to get the flat stomach and toned arms? When you integrate the power of your mind and thoughts into your workouts, or anything else for that matter, what you can achieve is boundless.

So join me in the wonderful journey of looking after the most prized possession, our body, and be proud of your body you live in! We can always do renovations, but we need to have a picture of the outcome and really look forward to live in that!!!!!!!  

Yours in Health & Fitness,


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