Updated: Sep 7
There may come a time, at around 40+ years, when pounding the pavement or hitting the gym just doesn't make sense for your body, or your motivation anymore.
So, it may come as no surprise to you, that as the body ages, we need to change the way we do things.
That's not to say, that if you really love running or the gym environment, that you can't do it anymore; after all, it's not so much what we do, but how we do it.
If you are in this age demographic, by now you will most likely have your own niggles,
restrictions, and dare I say, injuries. You know, all those battle scars from living a full and
active life, doing all the physical things that you so much enjoy; or at least, used to enjoy.
For so many people, physical exercise is undertaken without much consideration of the present level of physical fitness, or the restrictions or scar tissue that we're working with; torn ligaments, arthritic joints, frozen shoulder, spine degeneration etc., conditions that plague the body from overdoing it. Mmmm...watch out for that impromptu footy kick!
So, what to do? Well, if you happen to be reading this and you're in your 20's or 30's, take
heed (even if you're not). Look at the way you approach your exercise routines/workouts.
What really motivates you? What is the mental dialogue you entertain?
Is it awe-inspiring, motivational, kick-ass dynamism? Think again.
When 'No Pain, No Gain' persists, pushing you and personal training to a level that is
unsustainable, injury is inevitable. If you happen to actually enjoy having your butt kicked,
be mindful; there may well come a day when you live to regret all those repetitive burpees, or compromised bench press reps. Time always tells.
How do I know this? Through my own experience and observations rehabilitating such
injuries and restrictions in the clinical Pilates studio environment. There is a better way!
It's not so much what we do but how we do it, so work more consciously in your body, integrating the exercise with your BREATHING/core activation.
Ask yourself: a) What is the exercise purpose? b) What is the form? c) How does it feel?
Know your own body and know what it can and can't do. Even a Pilates or Yoga session can push you beyond reasonable limits, if your form and positional awareness are compromised.
Remember, well begun is half done! Adapt to the changing nature of the ageing body; feel your way into the exercise form, and adjust for positional and postural alignment and enjoy!
Do you have any questions? Let me know in the comments section below.