Use it or lose it!
Too often we let AGE determine what we can, and can’t, do! But age is just a number.
And we can NEVER stop doing the things that make us move and feel better.
Honestly, often the things we think we are “too old” to do, we actually SHOULD be doing.
Don’t let age be your excuse to stop training hard.
Here are 3 tips to help you maintain your strength and fitness until you’re 150 years old!
1. Focus on strength training. It’s key we lift heavy to build and maintain our lean muscle mass. Plus this can help us avoid falls and prevent injury!
2. Include lots of prehab or mobility work. It’s not just simply “getting older” that can make the injuries add up. It’s simply lifestyle factors accumulating over time. That’s why it’s key we address those postural distortions!
3. Challenge yourself with new things! The more we challenge ourselves with new moves, the more we can keep that mind-body connection strong! Some of those moves we think we are “too old” for, are the exact moves we should be doing to challenge our coordination!
The simple fact is…if we don’t use it, we lose it!
You’ve got to train with purpose to keep your body healthy!
Cory, I really love your comments and thoughts. I am a trainer and I work exclusively with older adults age 60 and up. I am so tired of hearing people say they are too old or “you need to be careful at your age, you’ll get hurt lifting that weight.” I am way older than most of my clients so I know that you can do more than you think you can. It is all about mindset.
You expressed my thoughts exactly! Thank you! I am forwarding your comments to my people in the hope of more motivation and less apprehension and fear.
Cori, you have provided me with the soundest advice through Redefining Strength Facebook posts during the past few years. Such concise, skilled and easy to follow information. This one ‘Use it or lose it!’ resonated so loudly. It was suggested to me by a friend and mentor yesterday that I should do my yoga teacher training. I turn 60 next year I was looking for a new challenge. This person also helped me run my first 5km aged 50, which had led to me love running for fun. ‘Use it or lose it’ Mind and Body… Just go for it!
Cory I love how you encourage people to keep exercising. I simply love this statement from you. “ I am way older than most of my clients so I know that you can do more than you think you can. It is all about mindset.”.
At 60 I recently did a one minute handstand against a wall ( twice) for the first time in decades!
I’ll be 65, and I walk daily, I also do a lot of your exercises, and a lot of 30 minute ones that I find on line. I do weight training also. I’m trying to stay as healthy and fit as possible.
Love your pod cast❤️
I really liked your opinion in stating that age does not determine ability I hate the phrase you’re too old to do that
I agree that you have to design your movements and/ or workouts to meet your specific needs Thank you for validating how I have felt in spite of how my partner feels I should workout
So glad it helped Sandy! Fitness is always about our needs and goals. Sure our needs and goals may change BUT age alone should never stop us! Keep rocking your workouts!
Keep up your hard work Diane!
Great job Gillian!
Thanks Sandra! Age is just a number! Keep on rocking your training!
YESSSS! DO IT DESLEY! And so glad all of the posts I’ve shared have helped! Good luck with your Yoga teacher training! You’ll rock it!
I do agree Cori, but I think as we get older we have to train smarter. I am 54 and train weights and swim 3-5 times a week. I have done this since 16 years of age. Yes, a long time! I am as fit and strong as ever. But I need a longer recovery time now and my joints are creaky. I also get tired by the end of the week and can’t just blast through it like I used to. I need a nap!
What a perfect time for me to listen to this after having a knee replacement at 54 years old. Thank you Cori for your continued teachings. Each time I listen or read your material, I learn to live and train better! I am so grateful!!
YES YES and YES ? I’m in the >50 group and feel such frustration when people accept in their minds a stereotype of what we can and can’t do at our age. I love your honesty ❣️
I love this attitude totally! However, I’m unsure about how we care for out pelvic floor, especially after surgery? As a healthcare professional we tell ladies not to lift heavy weights so as to protect their pelvic muscles and prevent prolapse. I know we can do pelvic floor exercises but we still counsel ladies to avoid extra intra-abdominal pressure from lifting. Please could you clarify this? Thanks 🙂
But that’s not age related. With any injury or surgery, you ALWAYS have to rebuild regardless of age. And with a slow progression, you can rebuild killer strength. But they’re going to lift their kids. They’re going to lift stuff around the house. So you need to focus on retraining those things so they know how to breathe correctly or they risk further injury. We can’t just demonize something but we have to learn how to manage it. Heavy is always relative. And our training should match our goals.
Thanks Kolene! Keep up your hard work!
You’re amazing Linnae. And all of your hard work before, will only help you come back stronger!
See now…I think at EVERY age we should train smarter. 😉 Often we have issues later on because of our “superhero complex” when we are younger. So if we start training smarter earlier, it may not feel like we have as many issues later on.