Fitness training for those of us past 40 years of age is more complicated. Physical performance and recovery capacity are dramatically different. If you need proof, look for the forty year olds in the NBA or NFL. The good news is that with proper planning, consistent performance, and the wisdom that comes with age, we can stay fit and active for a lifetime. I have compiled a collection of tips for the forty plus fitness client.
Filling the Empty Nest
Rushing from work to pick the kids up from school, making a quick snack while they change for their various practices, back in the car to drop off or pick up, I finally arrive at the gym for a 60-minute Team Training class. Adrenaline up and a check list on my mind, I hear that voice in my head that echoes “You’re going to miss it when it’s gone.”
At 46, with four kids between 10 and 17, I’m at the peak of my parental responsibility, but I have several friends who have “been there and done that” and who now sit in empty nests missing the chaos that gave them purpose. As an outsider looking in to what seems like a magical phase of peace and quiet and time to make a proper dinner, I know it’s a difficult transition. There is a void to be filled when the kids leave for college and, if you look around the gym, you’ll see that many in this demographic turn to fitness.
Now it’s your turn. You’re done with home videos and bored with treadmill monotony. You have time, you have focus, and you just realized that a decade of eating dinner at concession stands was not in your best interest. Moreover, you have nagging pain in your lower back or shoulder that you’ve ignored for years. Fenton Fitness offers experienced trainers to help you get started on a plan for you. Seeking expert guidance, scheduling training sessions, attending motivating classes, and becoming more mindful of your nutrition are healthy and productive ways to aid in your transition.
With more energy, better sleep, and a trimmer, stronger body, you’ll have all the tools you need to entertain your kids when they come home.
-Amy Warner, Director of Sales and Marketing
David Epstein is my favorite Sports Illustrated writer. Last year he published his first book, The Sports Gene. I highly recommend it to anyone who works with athletes on a regular basis.
Mr. Epstein has traveled the world and has consulted with hundreds of scientists, coaches, and experts on the training environment that produces optimal results. If you are the parent of a youth athlete, I urge you to take a look at the June 10, 2014 article he wrote in the New York Times. I can personally vouch for the injury information in this article.
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