Acting your age isn’t always easy. For men who have always been interested in fitness, reaching middle age can be a little rough, both physically and mentally. You may be upset that you can’t run as far, or at least as easily, as you used to. Maybe you’re having some trouble keeping up with the younger guys on the basketball court.
But this is no time to give up. Given the tremendous physical and psychological benefits of exercise, everyone should be doing it, no matter what their age.
So, you have to always keep exercising. The trick is to learn how to adapt your workout routine as you get older. Here’s how:
Age-Appropriate Exercises For Men
There are some changes you can make in your exercise routine to combat age-related declines in health and fitness.
Regular exercise is preventive medicine for the aging process.
Old age should not be a deterrent to becoming physically active. We know that even 90-year-old nursing-home residents can achieve dramatic increases in muscle strength and mobility with a supervised weight-training program.
Fitness, Health, and Exercise Change Across The Lifespan (U.S. Men)
Typical Fitness Changes Cardiovascular fitness begins to decline at about age 30.
- Flexibility decreases.
- Abdominal fat increases.
- Bad cholesterol (LDL) rises.
- Blood sugar rises (pre-diabetic state).
- Muscle mass & strength decrease.
- Blood vessels stiffen.
- Muscle strength, bone density, body weight & balance decrease.
- Blood pressure rises.
Aerobic exercise combats “creeping obesity,” and diabetes and cardiovascular disease.