Getting older stinks! Let’s just get that out in the open and let the concept breathe for a minute. Is there anything to look forward to at forty? If you are a guy then you get to ‘enjoy’ a prostate exam, but other than that there is not much to celebrate the day with.
While it’s true that you gain wisdom as you age, what we lose at the same time mostly involves our health. For people who weight train regularly this can be difficult to come to grips with, but you have to. In fact, this is where that wisdom gained really has to come into play if you plan on having a successful run into your 40′s and beyond with your physique.
The Big 3 Rules
So what changes at 40? The answer is everything. For men we really start slowing down in our mid-30′s. However 40 is a much clearer bench mark. Sure, guys like to say that 40 is the new 30, but our bodies don’t know that. So we need to keep that in mind and adapt our own training properly.
- Diet – If you have been skating on your diet before then now is the time you have to get serious. Cancer and heart disease are killers pure and simple. A very healthy diet can help fight back against that as well as extending your life. That means fresh produce and fruits along with lean meat and good grains to ensure our bodies have plenty of vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants along with taking in less bad stuff. Besides staying alive longer, your metabolism will be slowing down and eating right can help offset that a bit. Plus you will gain fat easier so it is better to add less with a tight diet.
- Exercise – A focus needs to be placed on recovery as well as training to offset age. Working on flexibility as well as including more heart-healthy cardio should be included. That doesn’t mean you don’t hit the iron. In fact you should make more of an effort to include squats, deadlifts, and other big exercises along with variable full-body routines to help keep testosterone production up.
- Supplements – Sadly the male body peaks before 40 and that means slower metabolism, less testosterone production, and even male issues below the belt. But a good supplementation program can combat all of that. Maximizing your body with the right vitamins, amino acids, and nutrients can really help you look and feel as good as or better than you did 5 or even 10 years ago. Plus you have that added wisdom to enjoy it!
The Bottom Line
Getting older does suck but it’s not the end of the world and you can do something about it. Luckily there is a lot more information and studies that have been done so we have a better idea what we need to do to help keep our peak physical condition for many years to come. It is just a matter of planning and making some adjustments to what you currently do.