How to Stay Fit Over 40 While Avoiding Injuries
The Question: How can I remain fit over 40 while avoiding injury?
As you get into your 30s and 40s priorities change, but your dedication to remaining fit and capable is even more important. Being fit over 40 also requires that you be smart. You should be training in order to avoid injury rather than seeking injury with your training. The key to training effectively as you get older revolves around three principles:
- Leaving your ego at the door
- Getting solid nutrition
- Incorporating more modalities and movement patterns into your workouts
Ego is probably the most important thing to put in check as you continue your fitness journey into your later years. That’s because it’s easy to let it get the best of you. There are days when I go into the gym and really want to put 400 lbs on my back, but the question is why?
Even when I could squat 400lbs for repetitions I wasn’t in that great of shape. Back then, I definitely couldn’t have rolled an hour of Jiu Jitsu like I can now and my cardio was awful. You have to really ask yourself: is the risk of injury worth it? I know that for myself, it’s definitely not anymore.
Getting solid nutrition is even more important into your older years than it was when you were a young athlete. That’s because you’re now working against inflammation. Inflammation can kill your progress with achy joins, and it can also cause massive health problems.
Finally, and this is really counterintuitive, you want to do more stuff. If you keep following the same movement patterns over and over again, you open yourself up to overuse injury. So vary it up with new things like gymnastics, calisthenics, yoga, and martial arts.
This video covers these three principles and discusses how you can apply them to your program. Let me know what you think!
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