Normal Fitness is not an age related website. The exercises and insights are not aimed at any particular age. But it was not started without the internal concern of how important sustained muscle development is throughout anybody’s life.
I look around every week at people (I’ll be referring to men for this example) who are in their 30s and 40s who are going about their lives with no thought of their physical condition. If they can work, eat, play, and otherwise socialize, they don’t have any awareness that slowly, their limbs are getting softer and their midsection is growing and sagging.
At that age range it doesn’t cause many problems with most. What few are aware of is not only the general health consequences of lack of exercise. They have no concept of the lack of strength training robbing them of life now, and resulting in severe consequences later.
When they hit close to my age, they’re suddenly in the unenviable position of having to play catch up. And if their health has been largely neglected, that may be difficult to accomplish.
What “Later” Means In Muscle Development
“Later” is one of the most insidious words in the English language. At this writing I’m almost 60 years old. I don’t mention that very much here because it gives peoples an incorrect perception of what and who I am writing to and for. I, like most people have taken a “later” attitude on many things throughout life.
Now I’ve actually reached “later”. That’s what we really don’t count on when we think “later”.
Having said that, even though I work out, sometimes rabidly, there is no telling the consequences of what I have or haven’t done to or for my body in decades past. But over the last couple of years, walking through nursing homes with ailing parents as residents, I have come to the place where absent something beyond my control, I’ll fight frailty with everything in me for as long as I’m able.
And I have a legitimate concern for the people I see and know every week who don’t give a thought to their future physical condition. I’ve worked out at some level, including strength training all my adult life. That gives me at least some advantage at this stage of life.
The Terrible Realization That Muscle Is Missing
But what is awful is watching people you care about hit their mid 50s and realize something is missing. Instead of building on a muscular platform, they begin to accommodate their frailty. That’s a shame knowing that people well into their 70s and even beyond can build muscle and strength.
To be clear, this is not about becoming bodybuilders and power lifters. It is about systematically making muscle and strength development a part of life that remains throughout the entire time we remain functional.
When you reach your mid 50s or early 60s do you want to be working on how to strengthen your ankles? Do you want to be walking for exercise because you’ve waited too long and are too frail to do anything else?
Or would you rather blast into your later years able to run and jump and climb and lift for whatever you want to do in that stage of life? Do you want to be able to defend yourself, your family, your friends?
Reality Of What Intentional Muscle And Strength Development Means
Sustained muscle development means not only ability to do what you want to do in life. It is essential for health, especially in later years, protecting internal organs. It is especially important in the event of surgery both in the earlier years and critical when you are older.
So, Normal Fitness is for you if you are new to fitness training, have worked at it for a while, are having difficulty staying motivated, looking for new ways to break through sticking points in your muscle development.
If you’re wanting to ramp up your physical training from a once in a while conviction to a true lifestyle, I’m genuinely cheering for you.
It’s Never Too Late
Oh, and by the way, after everything I wrote above about the consequences of waiting, if that’s what you’ve done, forgive yourself. If you are in your 60s and realizing you are in trouble physically, assuming you are in relatively good health, it’s not too late to get started.
You may be amazed at what you can accomplish.
After you’ve looked through the site, feel free to contact me. I’ll be glad to everything I can to help you find your way through the sometimes confusing world of strength training.