Are You Too Old?
Truth be told, it’s to be expected, but we don’t have to like it.
As we get into our 30s, 40s, 50s, and beyond, we inevitably notice changes in our bodies. We still think of ourselves as teenagers or remember what we could physically do in our 20s, but we aren’t that young any more. And we need to make changes in our daily lives and in our exercise routines to address these changes so we can continue to lead full, active lives long after we retire.
I remember when I was in my 20s and was working in the corporate world. It was a Monday, and I was meeting with two of my co-workers to review that week’s projects. Like many meetings, it started with small talk about what each of us did during the previous weekend. Steve was about 10 years older than me, and Walt was in his 60s. At that time, I was a newlywed and my husband and I were renovating a two-story house with a detached garage. I was telling Steve and Walt that the two of us had spent Sunday afternoon putting a new roof on the detached garage with only hand tools. We frankly didn’t have the money to invest in power tools, as all of our extra cash was being spent on materials for the renovation.
Anyway, I was proud of the work so I was sharing the story. Walt, still an active guy, laughed and agreed it was a lot of work to do in a day, and then – this is the important part – said in his mind he can still do things like that. He said he thinks of himself as being able to still run 10 miles, but he knows his body couldn’t do it now because it’s been a long time since he has run on a regular basis.
Why am I telling you this? Because Walt shows us how we can help ourselves. As we age, we need to stretch more, we need to warm up more, and we need to alter our workouts. Injury prevention should be an integral part of this as it takes us longer to recover from injuries too.
What should you do? Update your fitness program by incorporating eccentric work into your workout. But what does eccentric mean? It is an exercise that makes you lengthen your muscle. Let’s use the bicep curl as an example. When you lift the weights up, you are contracting or shortening the muscle. When you lower them down, you are lengthening them.
While it is technically possible to perform all sets in the up-fast and down-slow count, it is difficult to make yourself do it properly when using dumbbells, kettlebells, or a barbell. Yet this is what you want to do! This is where the magic happens! Eccentric work has been repeatedly proven to help prevent injury.
This is where the kBox4 excels. The kBox4 operates on flywheel technology which forces you to perform eccentric movements for every exercise, from squats to shoulder presses and everything in between. Did you know that Catalyst 4 Fitness is one of only a few locations in the state of Ohio and neighboring states that has this equipment? This is because we want to help you stay healthy and strong now, and for many years into the future!