Fitness over 50 – How to unlock the wisdom of your body at any age

written by john c ashworth

Fitness Over 50 – how to unlock the wisdom of your body at any age

My wife Laura and I have been talking a lot lately about the adjustments necessary in your fitness program as you get older. Neither of us like the idea of having to decrease our intensity and volume of training, but there are certain realities we all face as we get older.

But here’s the point I want you to pay close attention to today. I don’t have a lot of time to elaborate on it so I’m going to get straight to it…

Laura’s body and her life history is unique. As is my own. As is yours.

Each of us have extremely unique and varied needs when it comes to maintaining our health and fitness as we age. Your fitness program is a complex combination of variables that change from one day, one week, one month to the next depending on a wide variety of factors. Some of which you can control and many of which you cannot.

It is vital that you find a personal trainer and coach who can help you navigate this potentially dangerous territory. Otherwise, you are much like Lewis and Clark – venturing into new territory each and every day with no real clear idea of what might come at you next. Unprepared for the realities you face.

There will be a lot more on this topic over time. You can be sure of that. Just promise me you’ll be careful out there. I see a lot of potential pitfalls for you and I. One in particular stands out in my mind and the image keeps replaying in my mind…

A group of woman over forty and fifty, taking part in an exercise class that seemed totally and completely all wrong for them at their current level of fitness and overall conditioning levels. When you jump in too soon, and go too fast, and don’t take the time to individualize your efforts in a way that properly addresses today’s needs for your body, you are setting yourself up for injury, failure, and set-backs that can last for years to come.

Proper progression and expert guidance will provide a talisman you can hold close for support. A talisman that has nothing to do with fetish and everything to do with the wisdom you will unlock in your body along the way when you do this fitness over 50 thing the right way.

Peace.

-John

fetish: any object, activity, etc, to which one is excessively or irrationally devoted. Syn: fixation, obsession, mania.

[video] How to Double YOUR Energy level this afternoon!

I put this video up on my YouTube channel over the winter, and as I was going through potential drafts for a good blog post today, I thought this might be a good one. My time is limited and I gotta get moving so that I can get to work on time.

There are a few really good insights here if you have the time.

One of the primary bits is the idea of taking time during your lunch hour to go swim.

I started swimming regularly almost 10 years ago now and I’ve been amazed at what this discipline has done for my body, my back, my mind, and my overall strength from head to toe.

I hope you enjoy it!

Have a great day.

-John

This is 80% of the battle for fitness over 50

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written by john c ashworth

Consistency!

Yeah, you probably could argue that this is 80% of the battle at any age. I might agree, and when people ask me what my secret to staying fit has been over the course of my life, the first thing I always say is, “consistency.” I’ve NEVER stopped. Ever! And when I was younger I went after it pretty darn hard. Especially when I was playing soccer at a high level.

When you get to age fifty, though, your margin for error is gone!

You can no longer put it off, and especially if you haven’t been good about getting your exercise and staying fit in the earlier stages of your life, now is the time you must correct this. If you don’t, bad things can happen fast.

I began to notice this reality when I hit the age of 40. Ten years later, the idea is like an old friend.

Today was a great example of the mindset you must adopt if you’re going to stay with it for the long run and stop making excuses.

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“Yes! It was in fact that cold out. Allie wasn’t bothered. She didn’t need a hood :)” -John

You can see from the picture above, that even thought It’s April in Wisconsin, the weather can still be nasty; and over the last week the weather has been hard to accept. Cold, windy, overcast, and just downright miserable at times.

I snapped the photo above of Allie and I earlier this morning. We decided to venture out of the neighborhood and onto a new hiking path. I regretted it almost immediately after stepping out of the car. The wind hit me like a slap in the face, and I almost turned right around and went home to watch the Masters.

Instead, Allie and I toughed it out and though the wind and the cold were still somewhat miserable, we still got a nice walk, and on a new path that was challenging and hilly and perfect for a Sunday morning.

At home now, keeping track of the golf tournament, and getting things done, I’m more awake, my body is loosened-up, my mind is clear and I’m ready to be productive.

It would have been so easy to skip this walk today. And the weather is often an easy scapegoat. Instead, I go it done because I’ve come to rely on it so much. I really can’t live without it. It’s like breathing. Does it feel like that to you, yet?

As I make my way into my fifties I’ve gotten a glimpse of how I must continue to pursue this effort to stay strong, healthy, and ready.

It’s not always easy to maintain this kind of commitment to your fitness program. I get that. That’s why you can now find some kind of fitness offering taunting you in almost every strip mall across America. Has that changed our exercise habit? Not yet, I don’t think.

If you’re struggling to stay consistent, a good coach can help. A good coach, who has experience both personally and professionally in working with those over 50, can really help you identify what’s really important right now for your fitness and how can you take the first step today and then begin building on that momentum. If there was one place I had to choose where people go wrong in their pursuit of fitness, it lies in starting too fast too soon, and in mapping out a careful plan for progression as you become stronger, fitter, and more motivated. Yes, those things go together.

That’s the work I did for twenty plus years with clients until I became a full time salesman and business consultant. If you’re interested in talking about taking advantage of the small amount of coaching time I’ve made available this spring and summer, shoot me an email and we’ll talk. No pressure.

johncashworth(at)gmail.com

You can also always download a copy of my first book on the subject, by clicking here, and becoming a subscriber. I throw it in as a bonus for new subscribers.

-John

Why what worked for Jack Lalanne in 1950 can work for YOU too

Good, solid, time-tested exercises and workouts do not become obsolete. What worked for Jack LaLanne in 1950, will still work for you today and for those still here in 2050.

The United States Military knows this better than anyone. Which is why they have stuck with essentially the same exercise and physical fitness programs for more than a hundred years. They are also a great example of how solid research identifies how to tweak these programs incrementally over time so that in aggregate they become stronger and stronger, much like their participants 🙂

Every new program you think you discover, or secret solution that suddenly manifests in front of you, is only a slight modification of those good, solid, time-tested, research- driven exercises and workouts that have been here all along. I could teach them to you in a few hours and that’s what my 4-session Kick-start program has always been about.

The problem is that this old school idea is not sexy like the new place on the corner touting some special blend of fitness that is somehow different than all others that came before it. Fools gold. A seductive deception presented as some credible and substantial and newly discovered scientific solution and break-through.

To be fair, in the pursuit of your peak health and fitness, many of these programs are valuable tools. The problem is in placing too much credibility on one or the other as the solution that trumps all others. Placing too much emphasis on the idea that there exists a panacea.

Inside The Ash Flash today, I have left for you one article and video from the archives that is proof of this reality. Proof that so many can so easily be fooled by a good story that taps ready emotions. A story, that when analyzed carefully, holds very little substance, and at the same time an allure that can fool YOU and many others into believing that this must be the way to your health, fitness and weight loss goals.

-John

Top 10 GO-TO Workout Plans | Military.com

We all have that favorite workout that is the GO-TO plan when you miss your normal workout due to a variety of reasons such as a busy day at work, facilities closing early, and travel. Some people go back to a basic calisthenics circuit that they remember from the military, while other take a day off. Whatever your workout plan is today, sometimes life gets in the way and things happen. The pool closes early. The gym loses power. The basement is flooded and you have to deal with that problem first. Or you j

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