By Glenn Hansen, Vector Health & Performance
The gym should be a place of social engagement and performance, in that order in my opinion, when you are over 50 years of age.
I have read several opinions and research studies that state the social benefit of exercising once over 50 is as powerful as the physical or health benefits. Another point of interest, a recent study has found grip strength is one of the best ways to predict mortality in people over 50 years of age.
Generally, the weaker the grip strength, the more likely of developing a serious chronic illness. We know grip strength is helped by performing regular resistance training, so that alone is an easy reason to choose to be stronger!
So, if you are over 50 years of age and male, these are my top three motivations for you to go to the gym and train:
1. Maintaining Testosterone. Arguably one of the most important male hormones, it helps with multiple areas of health including keeping muscle mass, bone mass, fat distribution, strength, production of red blood cells, sperm and regulates sex drive or libido. Plenty of important points for Men!
2. Make it a social encounter. Train with a friend, family member, or if you have children, train with them. There is no better way to bond with your teenager or early 20’s child than to go to gym with them. Everyone is equal in the gym as everyone is there to improve themselves. I cannot emphasize the changes I have seen in Men doing this with their sons, daughters or making new friends from going to the gym.
3. Resistance or strength training is progressive. It does not matter where you start. You WILL improve every week for many weeks by just training. It will help your confidence, your mental health, and your physical health.
If you want to learn more about how to improve your self-confidence and physical capacity, please contact Vector Health & Performance on 4927 8190 or email me, Glenn Hansen, Director of Coaching on [email protected]