Why You Should Train Like an Athlete at Any Age
Believe it or not, humans start losing muscle mass as young as age 30, and bone mass as young as age 40. Even the most exceptional athletes will likely see performance start to decline as they age, particularly because muscle mass continues to decrease as you get older.
What does this mean? To be honest, with each passing birthday your metabolism will probably slow more and more. You may gain weight, you may be physically slower even though you’re still active, and your body may feel achier when you exercise.
What can I do about it? The good news is you can regenerate and increase your muscle mass and maintain your strength by making weight training and resistance-type exercises a part of your regular exercise routine. These forms of sports training can be modified to work for any age and all levels of fitness, even high-intensity interval training (HIIT) workouts. As an added bonus, weights and sports-based fitness can make your bones stronger and help keep osteoporosis at bay.
Here are some of my top reasons why it’s okay to train like an athlete regardless of your age:
- Improved coordination for all ages
- Building muscle
- Injury prevention
- Improving not only physical appearance, but help strengthen you mentally
- Improving sleep
- Preventing diseases
- Increasing metabolism which helps with weight loss
- The healthier you are, the more productive you are at work
- Increasing your lifespan
- Increasing self confidence
- Maintaining balance in adulthood
- Mood booster and releases positive endorphins
Training like an athlete doesn’t mean you have to go full throttle all the time. On the contrary, focused, supervised sports-training programs tailored to the individual are a way to keep the body strong into older age and ward off injuries. Better yet, training with a group makes training like an athlete fun – and you just may re-discover your competitive edge.
Hunter Yard, D1 Charlotte
D1 delivers athletic-based scholastic and adult training programs, expert coaching and the latest in sports therapy, all in a high-energy, motivating environment for all ages.