How To Get Stronger After 50 – My Interview On The Retirement Wisdom Podcast
I was recently interviewed on the topic of “how to get stronger after 50” by Joe Casey on the Retirement Wisdom Podcast.
If you haven’t heard of the podcast, it’s really cool if you’re over 50 and starting to think about retirement (or retired already). It’s pretty unique among podcasts about retirement. I’ve listened to several episodes, and I’m a BIG fan.
As they say on their website:
Retirement podcasts mainly focus on the financial aspects of retirement planning. Our podcast on retirement covers the other side of the street – how will you invest your precious time?
This philosophy, of course, matches up perfectly with the Strength After 50 philosophy. So for me it was a perfect fit.
I really enjoyed discussing how to get stronger after 50 with Joe on the show!
Here’s some of the things we covered:
- The key benefits of strength training as you get older
- The downsides of not strength training after 50
- How strength training fits into an overall fitness plan
- What a typical strength training workout looks like for men and women over 50
- What’s different about strength training over 50 compared to when you’re younger
- How to get stronger after 50 without wasting time or getting injured
- What people over 50 need to know about flexibility and recovery time
- A story of an over-50 client of mine, and how strength training helped them
- And much, much more.
Here’s a couple excerpts from me during our discussion:
On Why You Need Strength Training:
“Once we get into probably our forties or so, there’s a physiological process called sarcopenia that begins to manifest itself. And it sticks with us for life. Sarcopenia is age-related muscle loss and experts estimate it causes us to lose around half a pound of muscle per year. On average, that’s about five pounds of movement producing muscle tissue per decade. This would be like the engine in your car shrinking and losing horsepower every year. It’s not a good thing. And it gets worse. Assuming we maintain the same eating habits throughout the years that lost muscle will be replaced by stored body fat.”
“Strength training is going to give you the biggest bang for your buck time-wise and done properly. It requires very little time under 45 minutes, a couple of times a week. Another point is strength training is instrumental in reducing the risk of injuries. So people that regularly engage in sports-type activities, whether they’re runners or they’re in the local cycling club, or they play tennis, strength training is important to help make you more resistant to the injuries you might possibly inflict during those types of activities. So it’s important for that reason. Of course, I’m not saying people should only do strength training and be sedentary the rest of the time. I’m a big believer that we rust out faster than we wear out. So I want everybody to be active, at least engaging in low moderate intensity, leisure activities or exercise on their non-strength training days.”
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