40 is the new 20 ! Or so it seems that way in fitness. Now more than ever, people who are of mid age populations ( 35-45+) are starting their fitness journey, This is a great milestone we are reaching because for a while it was believed that if you were "too old" to start training. Well I have great news for you, YOU'RE NOT!
Your time is now to get into the best shape and you should be excited about this! Lucky for you, strength training in general has become an integral part of a whole-body plan for a stronger and more balanced physique, both functionally and aesthetically. Need to pick a basket off the floor? Oh you just deadlifted. Need to put something on the top shelf? You are doing an overhead press. Now just think how easy life would be if you trained these muscles to perform ?
If you are ready to get started, here are some key things that you do need to remember. First off, be real with yourself and set smart expectations. You are not going to be able to walk into a fitness class or start with a personal trainer and expect to be the athlete you were 20 years ago, Check the ego at the door and go in humbled that you need and want to learn!
Prepare your mind and body, it will take time and it will create soreness. Will your body be sore? Of course. You are doing things you didn't do in a long time with weight. At this moment, your body is going to be in shock, however that is a great thing for muscle adaptation! Before you get started, get warmed up. You might need a longer warm up time so be sure to plan accordingly for that. You don't want to waste your training trying to warm up when you just need an extra 5 minutes before to do that on your own. The goal of your warm up is to move the joints and let them get lubricated and warm!
Lifting is an art. You don't get better by practicing bad form. Perfect practice over time will yield the best results. Learn what muscles you are working, what techniques are being taught and then replicating it without much correction.
Pay attention to how you feel. Do you already have soreness that is lingering before you start ? As you age your metabolism will naturally slowdown and will decrease the rate of recovery between workouts, your ability to burn fat. Even building muscle is harder. Do not get frustrated because if you are following a solid plan, you will be ahead of the average 40-year old people still sitting on the couch. You can still improve your rate of recovery and progress by adding in yoga, mobility and active rest days!
You are better than you think you are. Do not give yourself an excuse not to push yourself because you think you shouldn't or "can't". By the way that word needs to be removed from your vocabulary! Work to be better every day. You’re not living someone else’s life. If you put in 100% of the effort every time you train, you will see the results follow !