Get up Off of Your Old Ass and Start Lifting Weights

Sunday is usually the day of the week that I call for a rest day, but this week is different as I had to take a few days off to deal with an intestinal bacteria problem. It has been 4 days now since I did any resistance training and I can certainly see it in my numbers. With a blood sugar reading of 115 I know that it is time to get serious again.

This whole thought process stirs up emotions inside me and forces me to ask the simple question, “Does this mean that I have to do resistance exercises for the rest of my life?” And the answer to that question is yes. There is no question that besides diet, resistance training is the main key in controlling Type II Diabetes. There are those who work a job that requires daily manual labor and they pretty much remain healthy until the day they decide to retire. Then within just a few months after retirement they are diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. Did they have it for years but kept in under control because of the hard work they performed each day on the job?

So if I were asked the question, Should a senior citizen lift weights? My answer would be yes. In fact even if you are not a senior citizen but working a non physical job you should be doing resistance training at least 3 times per week. Retirement has always been portrayed as a time that we can relax and take it down. A time to enjoy life. But what is life without good health? When we ask ourselves the question if we are ready for retirement it is always built around a monetary calculation, but what about our health. A retirement plan should always include tips about staying in good health and those things we can do to maintain it. The truth is that if we get sick it will effect our money situations anyway.

If you are over 50 years old and don’t currently include resistance exercises in your workout routine I highly suggest you get started. At around 50 the body starts losing muscle due the natural process of aging. We do all kinds of other things to fight the aging process but pay little attention to resistance exercises. I think that the reason for this is that we may feel that lifting weights is a younger persons game, it is just hard. The truth is that yes, it is hard to get started but doesn’t take more than 6 weeks to feel totally comfortable. The advantages far outweigh the disadvantages like a better looking body, more energy to get through our busy days, strong bones and the challenge of reaching for goals. I hear many say that they just don’t have the time for it. For me it is just 45 minutes in my garage with a bowflex machine each morning. It is not complicated. You don’t need to sign up with a gym or hire a personal trainer if you don’t want to. There are tons of books on the market you can read and if you like me decide to go the route of purchasing a bowflex machine you will be provided with all the material that you need to learn how to do it correctly.

So today I post the challenge. Consult your family doctor and let them know that you want to start getting into shape and get up off of your old ass and get started with resistance training. I will guarantee you that if you do you will be thanking me a year from now as you are staring into your bathroom mirror after you get out of the shower.

Blood Sugar- 115, Weight- 174.0

Shoulder Press- 260 lbs – 15, 15
Front Raises- 70 lbs – 15, 15
Side Raises- 70 lbs – 15, 15
Shrugs- 310 lbs – 15, 15

Breakfast- Fasting
Lunch- 2 Eggs, 2 Bacon
Dinner- Chicken Wings, Salad

About SimpleLivingOver50

At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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6 Responses to Get up Off of Your Old Ass and Start Lifting Weights

  1. Strength training sparks your metabolism and creates a more sustained calorie burn than cardio. It is so important to incorporate it into your schedule! Another great, informative post!

  2. James says:

    Actually, I’m pretty OK with doing resistance training for as long as my body will let me.

  3. suzewannabe says:

    In the 1980s I saw a magazine photo of a weighlifter woman in a bikini. She was 70 but a hot 70. I said “that will be ME in my 70s.”
    After I get through my 1 year checkup with surgeon who is deadset on a particular weight for me, I may begin to add weights again and listen to Chevelle-really motivating.
    I was an amateur, non-competitive bodybuilder in Dallas.

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