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May 25, 2017

Screw Aging Gracefully — Live Strong!

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Having entered my early 60's, it is time to confront the prospect that I may indeed be getting older.

Sound silly? Maybe, but as a Baby Boomer, I grew up with the mindset that we were never going to grow old. We used to say 'don't trust anyone over 30.' Remember? Once we past 30, well that didn't apply to us because we weren't really aging.

But here we are... entering the last quarter of life, aging. Some people say you should just accept it and age gracefully, whatever the hell that really means. What's even worse... we are officially the least fit, most fat generation in history.  We are riding our couches into pain and misery.

Personally, I don't intend to shuffle off into the old folks home. They'll have to capture me first and drag me there kicking and screaming. In the meantime, I'm going to do everything I can to own my health and well being - starting with staying strong.

And it does all start there. The greatest fear of growing older is to lose one's independence. Most all of us have watched this happen to older relatives. It is so sad we generally try not to dwell on it. But now that the older years are here for us, we have to face it.

The best way to avoid becoming a victim of a weakened body is to continue making it strong. One of the great curses of aging is that the inactivity that didn't seem to hurt you much in middle age will literally destroy you in later years.

My wife and I spent a lot of time in the past few years visiting her late mother in a nursing home. We got to know lots of the other residents by name. If you want to see the effects of aging on a body, visit one of these homes. It's devastating.​ 

If you could spend 30 - 40 minutes per day, 4 days per week right now, to avoid this misery, would you? I mean seriously, why not? I know the couch is comfy. I know there's not much energy left in the tank after a tough day -- I still struggle to get past that first rep each and every time I work out. I know us Boomers have grown up believing we're invincible.

I know it ain't easy, but the benefits are worth it 100 times over.​

One impact of aging that can be reversed with resistance training is called 'sarcopenia,' a word which literally means wasting of flesh. Specifically, its the loss of muscle and it can happen to inactive adults at an inceasing clip once past 40. ​When you see older folks hunched over and frail, this is one of the causes.

In addition to sarcopenia, here are some more effects of aging that science has definitively proven you can stop and reverse by taking up resistance training:

  • Osteoporosis — Loss of bone mass and density, leading to frailty and risk of injury, which can lead to a loss of our freedom. Exercises that build muscle also build up our bones.
  • Obesity – Helps manage your weight. Strength training is better than cardio at burning calories. While cardio burns slightly more while you’re doing it, strength training burns calories for hours after you’ve finished. Plus, muscle burns calories even while you’re resting.
  • Type 2 Diabetes – recent studies show strength training can actually prevent Type 2 diabetes and can better manage the disease for those who already have it, according to Web MD
  • Heart Disease – the American Heart Association recommends strength training at least 2 days per week
  • Arthritis – the Arthritis Foundation recommends circuit strength training
  • Back Pain – can be reduced by strengthening core muscles, like the glutes, according to Web MD

That's the physical stuff. What about your head, heart and soul?

Well resistance training does something else that's pretty special. It makes you feel good. Studies have shown it effectively reduces Anxiety and Depression. According to the presitgious Mayo Clinic, here are some additional mental and spiritual benefits you can expect:​

“Regular exercise probably helps ease depression in a number of ways, which may include:"

  • Releasing feel-good brain chemicals that may ease depression (neurotransmitters, endorphins and endocannabinoids)
  • Reducing immune system chemicals that can worsen depression
  • Increasing body temperature, which may have calming effects

Regular exercise has many psychological and emotional benefits, too. It can help you:

  • Gain confidence. Meeting exercise goals or challenges, even small ones, can boost your self-confidence. Getting in shape can also make you feel better about your appearance.
  • Take your mind off worries. Exercise is a distraction that can get you away from the cycle of negative thoughts that feed anxiety and depression.
  • Get more social interaction. Exercise and physical activity may give you the chance to meet or socialize with others. Just exchanging a friendly smile or greeting as you walk around your neighborhood can help your mood.
  • Cope in a healthy way. Doing something positive to manage anxiety or depression is a healthy coping strategy. Trying to feel better by drinking alcohol, dwelling on how badly you feel, or hoping anxiety or depression will go away on its own can lead to worsening symptoms.”

So, what do you have to do to get these benefits and avoid becoming frail, weak and despondent?

Well, you don't have to take up hard core bodybuilding. You can build serious muscle size, if that suits you. But you can also simply workout to tone and strengthen your body.

The difference is really just how much and how hard you work at it. If you want to know more, sign up for my Free package on the 5 Keys to Feeling Stronger - Right Away. The sign up is here on this page in the right column. Or you can jump to the page by clicking here.

You'll get an 8 minute video explaining each of the 5 Keys and a handy checklist reminder on each of them. You can apply these right away to a workout plan and start feeling results right away.

It's free. No hassle. And best of all, it's designed by an aging Boomer for Baby Boomers. It's not a crazy High Intensity program or a Cross-Fit Bootcamp thing. It's a sane workout method that can fit into a busy day, even for us older folks. It is focused on using lighter weights and higher reps.

And best of all, it works. You can build serious muscle size,  if that's your aim. Or just get stronger and healthier. It's up to you.​ Either way, you're fighting back.

Screw aging gracefully.

Live Strong!​

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Drop me an email at: Bri@BoomerMuscle

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Brian

I've been resistance training for nearly 50 years. As a younger man, I used to believe in using ever-increasing amounts of weight. Until one day in my mid-50's, my aching joints could not take the punishment any more. I had to develop a new way of working out that was effective, but free of pain. I found it. It works great. I'd like to share it with you.

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