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By Steve Sharpton, Parsons Training Center, Tucson, Arizona
September 5, 2019
When I was growing, kids in general were pretty darn judgemental. Say what you want about modern kids and their so called “triggering,” it’s not like the kids of the 80s and 90s were special little angels who were free of faults. Anyway, one of the weirdest and funniest things I remember was making fun of was some show that focused on senior fitness. It was funny because the old people were all sitting and the program was meant to focus on those that might have suffered from limited mobility. These days, I don’t really laugh about the show, for I now think why did they not expand on this! With the baby boomer generation reaching its apex retirement age, the amount of geriatric care and maintenance is skyrocketing. While the boomers were taught to believe that immobility and sickness and pill popping was going to be the norm of the final years, it is starting to indicate that such thinking is sad and misguided. You can do so much more, and with the retirement age rising and the threat of a social security always on the brink of destruction and people’s pensions and retirement funds routinely getting pilfered, having good health might be a necessity more than just showmanship. Not taking pills and being able to ride for 20 miles a day might be more preferable than the retirement fund you have (which like I cynically stated, might be stolen before hand).
The generations before my generation and even several sects of my generation lived by the mantra “I’m too old for this shit,” stated by Danny Glover in the Lethal Weapon movies. I’m gonna trigger some people right now by saying this, but that is a way better catch phrase than “I’ll be back” and “Yippee Ki Yay Motherfucker!” Heck, it ranks with my personal fav of “I could be doing something more dangerous, like rearranging my sock drawer.” Anyway, a lot of people accept that certain things just go out of our age range. It fell under areas like the kind of vehicles you drive, the age of the people you date and the sort of drinks you like. Within the last 20 years or so, that has changed quite a bit. Women dating younger men is no longer taboo, men in their 50s driving super expensive sports cars, hitting the gym and getting divorces to marry younger women is no longer considered a mid-life crisis but “live and let live.” People say hang onto that youth and be a child like as long as you want, because adulthood can be crushing and bring you down! Love those comic books! Consume those energy drinks! Keep going to those metal concerts! If anything, this has created some strange paradoxes as a lot of people get clingy with nostalgia and get blinded by it. No, we do not need new Ghostbusters, Bill and Ted, The Matrix and Coming to America sequels. The first Blade was fine. Stranger Things is not that great and for that matter, the 80s are kinda overrated as well. And in the midst of this, new industries have formed and it has to do a lot with drugs and so called virility pills for men.
I have stated a lot about how our modern society really needs men to be unhealthy and out of shape. While women are manipulated with beauty products and anti-aging treatments, men’s health is not that important because we need them to consume the heart pills, cholesterol pills, liver pills, vitamins, erectile dysfunction pills and the testosterone treatments that are constantly hawked in “manly” areas of consumption like sports broadcasts and “meninist” social media avenues. Here is the funny thing though….a lot of these things can be slowed or even stopped if you simply started health regimens when you were stronger and younger, or in the least not sick and desperate. This is where some self consciousness comes into play, for a lot of people feel intimidated by the gym due to the so called younger and judgmental crowds that might occupy the place. Let me put it to you this way…there are judgmental assholes in every walk of life. I work with a couple even though there is like 12 people at my job. Heck, my own father was judgmental with me on some of my jobs when I was working with him. But you know what, that is just a small portion. The other 10 or 11 people I work with are okay. About 90% of the time my father was pleased with my work and often trusted me enough to let me do my work without any supervision. So why let the small percentages ruin you? Of course, my previous job was a toxic hell hole so you do run into those situations where whatever you do, life is not gonna be good.
In my seven years of working out and being on this journey, I know it is never the wrong time to start a physical fitness regimen. No matter how you feel about how you look in workout clothes or how much older you think you are compared to everyone else in the gym, you should never feel like you are out of place. Unless you are put under a supervisory workout plan like rehab or something, then make sure you follow that. If you need help, get a trainer. All it takes is a 10-dollar monthly gym pass and a few sessions on the bike or treadmill to get yourself started. Then you can move onto other areas. Never feel self conscious about hitting the weight area as well. Just remember those arm curling knuckleheads probably skip a ton of leg days, so do some squats and that will instantly show them up. Being there is half the battle and you are never too old to start. My parents were 60 and over when they started their workout regimens. In all my life I never witnessed them do anything like that.
One thing I heard a lot of from older people was “I used to be this” or “I once was capable of doing that” or the lesser known “Oh, I could do more than that when I was your age” when you mention some of what you could do around certain individuals that constantly want to show you up. Don’t be that person. Don’t ever think you cannot do something now. Yeah, you might not be able to bench press what you did when you were younger, but you are bench pressing now and doing great! It’s like with my calorie restriction. Some of my gains have faltered, and that is because my energy stores are not what they used to be when I was bombing 4,000 calories or more a day. But I want to lose weight, and sometimes you have to give a little and sometimes lose a little in the process. I will gain it back some day, but I am focused on the weight loss. I’m 41 years old and I am trying to lose weight where I hear naysayers say “losing weight is hard” at my age and therefore need pills and testosterone treatment. I’m perfectly fine, thank you.
One thing is for certain, as you get older, the gains will come slower, but there is nothing wrong with that either. The key is to never feel like you you are too old to do something for your health. There is no plateau for you when you need to stop working out or stop being physically fit. Always be your best in terms of your physical prowess and health!
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Steve, a Parsons Training Client, went from 400 pounds to Running half-marathons, from lifting pizzas to lifting hundreds of pounds through training with us.
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