Posts

Why strength training is the best exercise for the over 40’s

 

The Importance of Strength Training in Later Years (40+)

It’s not easy accepting the fact that you’re getting older, however, if you were under the impression that you are past your prime, you would be sorely mistaken. In fact, you have the potential to transform your life for the better and achieve new goals regarding strength, and fitness in general.

You only need the right set of tools for the job and the willingness to persevere under the changing circumstances, all the while optimising your training routine to maximise results according to your age and aspirations. The possibilities for growth are endless, so here is why strength training after 40 is important for men and women alike.

Build and retain muscle mass

The more you age, the more lean muscle mass becomes important for your overall health, vibrancy, and well-being. Not only does strength training promote muscle growth, but anaerobic training has been proven to effectively burn calories, sometimes even more than regular, steady-state cardio.

Because muscle mass is not energy-efficient, meaning your body needs to consume more calories to maintain it, you will be burning through calories at an increased rate. This leads to a lean, more toned physique in the long run. What’s more, increasing muscle mass is advisable for men and women alike, as it will make the existing fat spread more evenly across your frame, leading to an aesthetically pleasing result.

Balanced hormone production

To all the men out there, strength training can literally save your long-term health and spike testosterone production. After you hit that 30-year mark, your natural testosterone levels start to slowly dip, leading over the years to numerous health complications, and simply making you feel and act older than you should.

The degenerative condition leading to a loss of skeletal and muscle mass quality is called sarcopenia, and while it is only natural to be affected by it as you age, it doesn’t mean that you can’t fight its effects for a healthier, stronger lifestyle. Unfortunately, sarcopenia affects men and women alike, with regular strength training being one of the only effective long-term solutions for staying strong, healthy, and vibrant in your later years.

Weight training supports healthy hormone production in men and women alike, helping you retain your youthful glow, build lean muscle mass, and sculpt an enviable physique.

Minimise injury risks and become sturdier

As the years go by, the risks of injuring yourself rise exponentially. While many adults over 40 will opt for a more “gracious” sport such as yoga or Pilates, it is strength training that will actually help you build a strong, sturdy frame that will safeguard you from accidents and injury.

Strength training targets your muscle and connective tissue, and more importantly, your central nervous system, builds bone density and dexterity, and makes you more resilient overall. A sound training program based on strength gain will help you strengthen your lower back and your core, improving your posture. Moreover, you will be strengthening the rotator cuffs in your shoulders, and by performing squats and deadlifts regularly, you will strengthen your hips and your glutes as well, which are some of the weakest areas in older adults.

Remain mobile and flexible

Contrary to popular belief, strength training will not ruin your mobility and flexibility. In fact, by exercising a proper range of motions under load continuously, you will be able to improve your mobility and safeguard your joint health. This means that your knees, hips, wrists, elbows, and shoulders will be able to move properly without any pain.

Couple your strength routine with short pre and post-workout mobility and flexibility routines and you will have no problem keeping muscle soreness at bay and recovering just in time for the next training session. As the years advance, maintaining adequate mobility and joint health will be increasingly important, and strength training will help you achieve just that.

Strength is never a weakness

Finally, while other sports might emphasise one body part over the other, increase the overall risk of injury, or simply be less effective in building a sculpted physique and a healthy lifestyle, strength training is the one sport that will ensure your body stays young, healthy, and vibrant.

Implementing strength training into your weekly regime with a clear goal in mind and the help of a trustworthy personal trainer will allow you to enjoy life to the fullest and take what you have learned and gained in the gym into the real world. Weight training translates into real-life scenarios, and no matter if you’re running with your dog or playing rugby with your son, you are bound to give a hell of a fight worthy of a twenty-year-old.

Strength is never a weakness. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to build functional strength, and while you should always exercise caution and safety during training, you can rest assured that the rewards will be great. With these essential benefits in mind, you will have no problem building an enviable, powerful physique regardless of your age.

Transform your body, transform your mind.

Olly

 

COMMENTS:
If you’ve anything you’d like to say about this topic then I’d love to hear it, please post your comments in the feed below…
 

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Are you confused as to how to burn unwanted body fat?

Too much conflicting information out there?

Frustrated at your lack of progress given the effort you put in?

Then my 12 week body transformation programme can help you.

The ART 12 week program cuts through the bull shit, and brings clarity to your training and nutrition. With me as your guide I’ll help you achieve the body you desire.

If you have any questions about the plan then drop me an email, I will always personally respond to you:

olly@action-reaction-training.com

Alternatively visit the WEBSITE for more details or request your FREE taster training plan via the buttons below…

“I honestly couldn’t recommend this programme enough, it has completely changed my day-to-day life and overall happiness.” HOLLIE

“Best purchase of my entire life. I’m so happy with the physical results, but I’m even more happy about the way I feel mentally.” JUDE

Visit www.action-reaction-training.com to sign up to the 12 week body transformation programme.

Follow me on

Does stress hamper fat loss?

Stress: a slight dose of it helps you kick ass by boosting energy, alertness, and productivity. But suffering high stress daily? That can seriously mess with your mind and body.

Not only does it increase your risk of contracting many diseases, but it also drains your energy, your desire to work out and eat healthily, and your libido. Besides, chronic stress is often claimed to hamper fat loss. But is that true?

In this article, you’ll discover the evidence-based truth about how stress affects fat loss. You’ll also learn three powerful tips that help you shed excess pounds. Let’s dive in!

Does Stress Hamper Fat Loss?

It’s often claimed that stress causes fat gain, in particular around the midsection. This belief evolved in 1999 when researchers found that men with higher stress levels tend to carry more belly fat [1]. As a result, the media and fitness “experts” started to spread the “scientific proof” that stress causes fat gain.

The problem? The study looked at whether there was a correlation between stress and body fat – which was the case. However, just because two variables are correlated does not mean that one causes the other. In fact, stress actually increases fat burning. Here’s why:

Stress Actually Boosts Fat Burning

The reason is that stress has a catabolic effect on your body. This means it aids in breaking down molecules for fuel, such as body fat.

For example, in one study hydrocortisone – a pharmaceutical form of the stress hormone cortisol – was infused into a group of healthy young males [2]. As a result, the men burned more fat for fuel.

But Here’s the Problem!

Even though stress aids fat burning, there are three ways in which chronic stress indirectly wreaks havoc on your figure and fat loss efforts. This may sound contradictory, so let me explain.

First off, stress raises appetite. This is particularly the case for sweet foods such as chocolate and desserts. I think we can all relate to this: if you’re stressed, it’s tempting to reach for junk food to feel better.

The problem? This increased food intake will undo the smidge of extra fat the stress hormone has you burn. Hence, stress may cause you to overeat hundreds if not thousands of extra calories, which can erase your fat loss efforts of the previous days if not weeks.

Second, chronic stress causes muscle loss. Why’s that? Because stress acts catabolically: it not only aids in breaking down fat, but also muscle mass. This is something that must be avoided when you want to shape an eye-catching figure.

Third, chronic stress causes water retention. As a result, the number on your scale might rise, giving the false impression you’ve gained fat, even though it’s just water. Such water retention also “softens” your appearance, making you look fatter than you really are.

Here’s What to Do

Keeping stress in check is essential to shaping an eye-catching body. So, whether you have 99 problems or just a handful of them, here are three tips to prevent stress from wreaking havoc on your figure.

#1:

First off, avoid stress-related eating such as reaching for a chocolate bar when you feel frazzled. Often, such behaviour is tied to a specific event. An example is reaching for a chocolate bar when you’re overloaded with work.

The best way to prevent such stress-related eating is by eliminating the trigger. So, let’s say you tend to reach for chocolate when you’re overloaded with work, improving your planning skills or outsourcing tedious tasks will decrease the likelihood that you will feel strained.

If you can’t drop the trigger, find an alternative way to cope with it. For example, instead of reaching for chocolate when you feel weighed down, focus for a minute on your breath. You’ll find that stress goes down and that it will be easier to deal with the situation.

Another powerful technique is the five-minute rule. Before you give in to the urge, wait for five minutes. During this time, reflect on how you feel, revisit your fitness goals, and evaluate whether short-term gratification is worth imperilling your long-term desires. Most likely, the cravings will wane in strength or even go away entirely.

#2:

Second, get enough sleep, as sleep deprivation increases stress levels in your body. While the optimal amount varies among individuals, aim for at least seven hours each night. It’s best to get those hours at the same interval daily, as irregular sleeping patterns elevate cortisol.

Getting enough sleep also boosts willpower, making it easier to resist the temptation of indulging in “comfort foods” such as chocolate or doughnuts during times of stress.

#3:

Third, take time to relax. Whether in the form of meditation, deep breathing exercises, yoga, walking, listening to music, or something else – plan at least one moment in your day during which you can unwind.

Use these tips to keep your stress levels low and improve your success of shedding those bothersome excess pounds of fat.

 

Transform your body, transform your mind.

Olly

 

 

References

 

  1. Epel, E. E., Moyer, A. E., Martin, C. D., Macary, S., Cummings, N., Rodin, J., & Rebuffe-Scrive, M. (1999). Stress-induced cortisol, mood, and fat distribution in men. Obesity Research, 7(1), 9-15.
  2. Djurhuus, C. B., Gravholt, C. H., Nielsen, S., Mengel, A., Christiansen, J. S., Schmitz, O. E., & Moller, N. (2002). Effects of cortisol on lipolysis and regional interstitial glycerol levels in humans. American Journal of Physiology-Endocrinology and Metabolism, 283(1), 172-7.

 

COMMENTS:
If you’ve anything you’d like to say about this topic then I’d love to hear it, please post your comments in the feed below…
 

………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………….

Are you confused as to how to burn unwanted body fat?

Too much conflicting information out there?

Frustrated at your lack of progress given the effort you put in?

Then my 12 week body transformation programme can help you.

The ART 12 week program cuts through the bull shit, and brings clarity to your training and nutrition. With me as your guide I’ll help you achieve the body you desire.

If you have any questions about the plan then drop me an email, I will always personally respond to you:

olly@action-reaction-training.com

Alternatively visit the WEBSITE for more details or request your FREE taster training plan via the buttons below…

“I honestly couldn’t recommend this programme enough, it has completely changed my day-to-day life and overall happiness.” HOLLIE

“Best purchase of my entire life. I’m so happy with the physical results, but I’m even more happy about the way I feel mentally.” JUDE

Visit www.action-reaction-training.com to sign up to the 12 week body transformation programme.

Follow me on

rest and recovery | olly foster

The importance of rest and recovery.

I want you to ask yourselves, and be honest, how many complete days off training do you take a week? And when I say off, I don’t mean ” I do a light cardio session, or I go in and stretch” I mean off! I bet the majority of you will say once a week max, but some of you based on the question above will say none.

Few people within the health and fitness industry can truly acknowledge or even recognise the importance of rest and recovery in blindness to the success of their ultimate training goals. In order to gain size, strength, definition, you have to work hard, we all know that. It’s this hard work that will break down your muscles and in the short-term make you weaker. In order to rebuild, to grow and to increase strength we have to look past how hard we train and look into and understand the true value rest has on our bodies. Working out provides the structure for change, the change itself takes place during your rest and recovery periods.

So what happens during Recovery?

When we exercise we are causing changes in the body, such as muscle tissue breakdown, depletion of energy stores (muscle glycogen), fluid loss and we challenge the cardiovascular &muscular system as well as the Central Nervous System. Rest and recovery allows these stores to be replenished, allows tissues to repair bigger and stronger and allows us to rehydrate. Without sufficient time to repair and replenish the body will continue to breakdown from intensive exercise. You will not and cannot regenerate; ultimately this will lead us into the dangerous state of over training.

Over training:

Over training is best defined as a state where your body has been repeatedly stressed by training to the point where rest is no longer adequate to allow for recovery. It can eventually cause the body to enter a negative nitrogen balance state, which is a catabolic State, and if you have read my previous articles you will know how detrimental this can be. It is also in this phase where the body will begin to produce a mass of cortisol, which is a big no no!

Cortisol is the hormone secreted by the adrenal cortex in a response to stress. If not controlled it will impede muscle repair and function, decrease testosterone production, inhibit protein synthesis, accelerate protein breakdown and reduce / stop muscular growth. However, if that wasn’t enough, it will also reduce the body’s ability to use fat as an energy source, resulting in an increased storage, and none of us want that now do we?

So how do we avoid / treat over training?

The answer is simple. With proper rest and through quality nutrition!

Firstly, we need to know what the warning signs are. Most common signs include; depression, mood swings, insomnia, irritability, loss of desire to train, your strength, size and overall performance diminishes and you pick up frequent injuries.

The key here is to listen to your body, when you notice any of these early warning signs it’s time to adjust your training program accordingly to calibrate this. Take time off without the guilt trip, introduce those all important rest days between heavy lifting sessions and introduce periods of active recovery training every few weeks. Also look at reducing your caffeine intake and any other stimulants such as pre workout supplements or fat burners, which cause an increase in cortisol levels and can lead to adrenal fatigue along with disrupting your sleep patterns. Tighten / clean the diet up and if need be introduce an adaptation complex supplement with DHEA.

So in brief, I want you to look at your current training schedule, how many days are you training in a week and how many days off do you have? I recommend that everyone have at a very minimum, at least one complete day off a week. If you’ve been hammering it hard for a long time without adequate time off then please don’t be afraid to take a few days off. This will give your body and your mind a break, you won’t lose any of your gains but will find you actually gain once you step back into the gym, both physically and psychologically!

Don’t be afraid to Rest and Recover!

Olly
 
COMMENTS:
If you’ve anything you’d like to say about this topic then I’d love to hear it, please post your comments in the feed below…
…………………………………………………………………
Looking for a high quality online workout plan that can transform your body?  My 12 week body transformation programme has helped 100’s of people achieve the body they desired with my guidance, knowledge and support throughout.

If you have any questions about the plan then drop me an email, I will always respond to you: olly@action-reaction-training.com

Alternatively visit the WEBSITE for more details.

“I honestly couldn’t recommend this programme enough, it has completely changed my day-to-day life and overall happiness.” HOLLIE

“Best purchase of my entire life. I’m so happy with the physical results, but I’m even more happy about the way I feel mentally.” JUDE

Visit www.action-reaction-training.com to sign up to the 12 week body transformation programme.

Follow me on