Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Fit and strong as we want to be

My Dad as a newbie middle-
aged man - RIP dear Dad.
A recent conversation with another middle-aged man fitness brother from a different mother included a brief exchange about middle-aged man appropriate diet and fitness training.  

It doesn’t have to be complicated or exhaustive I shared, because, for those of us who have reached this coveted middle-aged man status, it doesn’t take much to excel among our peers.

At some point, it may be as simple as walking upright with good posture and absent a king-sized belly protruding over our belt buckle and, voilĂ , we might be in the top ten percentile among our middle-aged men brothers. 

With regard to fitness training, I honestly believe that a daily single set of pushups and pull-ups performed with excellent form and for one to two reps short of failure and then followed by a brisk walk for about 30 minutes is all that is needed.  This assumes, of course, that your fitness training is to help you get the most out of your game of life which does not include some competitive or recreational sport. 

So, for example, if you participate in a softball league, your fitness training should include something more than the above minimalist prescription such as spending some time with batting practice and infield/outfield position drills. 

Now with regard to diet, I believe it’s so simple and that’s probably why it’s also so hard to put into perpetual practice.  We should eat as little as possible to be as fit and strong as we want to be.

Pax Domini sit semper vobiscum

6 comments:

Macky said...

That's some of the most sensible advice any middle-aged man could want.

To heck with the "hundreds or reps" regime, or bursting the boiler trying to hoist heavy loads.

As usual, common sense prevails, and pierini puts it well.

Best wishes

Anonymous said...

Have you read about the 5B-X program? It's a ~14 minute or so daily program that would fit very nicely with your article.

pierini said...

Well thank you sir and thank you for your visit. Hope all is well in your part of the world.

pierini said...

Yes I've read about the 5B-X program and that's another minimalist option of many that are available to aging middle-aged men who want more fitness for less effort. Thanks for your visit.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for your blog. As a 50yo, form lightweight crew competitor, I'm long past training/looking like my 20 year old self.

pierini said...

Well thank you for your thanks and know that as a 50-year young middle-aged man, you're a pup in my books. I did some amazing things at age 50 fitness-wise so keep your pedal to the medal and reach for the stars and surprise the heck out of yourself and those taking notes.