I recently ran into an old acquaintance I hadn’t seen in many years, and after the usual hello, how are you, what have you been up to, she asked, and are you still lifting weights?
Well, of course, I said. Now more than ever! I just had my 75th birthday and just as I wouldn’t be in the shape I’m in now if I hadn’t been lifting in the last few years; if I don’t lift now, I won’t be in the shape I hope to be in when I hit 80. I’m determined to be in even better shape then than I am now!
The notion that we can improve with age is not part of our cultural beliefs. To the contrary, our culture teaches us that deterioration and weakness is our lot as we age.
But I’ve never bought into that mentality. I believe that our lifestyle determines how fast or slow we age. My thirty years of training, research, and coaching have taught me that.
I decided to become a trainer because I wanted to show people that they could have all the strength and energy they dreamed of having and feel and look great in the process. During all this time, this has been my calling. Nothing gives me more joy than someone saying, I feel better!
So, here are the 5 reasons why at 75, I’m still lifting weights:
TO REMAIN STRONG. We lose muscle as we age. If we don’t keep adding muscle, weakness will set in. Our muscular strength depends on our muscle mass.
TO BE HAPPY. I still get that endorphin high after each workout, and that makes me feel euphoric.
TO SLEEP SOUNDLY. A little workout before bedtime helps me sleep.
TO MAINTAIN BALANCE AND COORDINATION. Strong muscles help us move through life easily.
TO KEEP AN ALERT MIND. Weight lifting has positive impact on brain function.
Studies have shown that we can develop muscle mass well into our 90s. So it’s never too late, nor is it ever too early. I started at age 46, so I welcomed my 50s healthier and stronger than the average middle-ager. The earlier you start, the easier it will be to maintain your regimen as you age.
Why wait? You deserve to look forward with confidence instead of apprehension.