Once a 50-year-old was considered old and worn out by life, also complicit in the works of the past that actually were tiring and physically tiring more than now so thinking about fitness after 50 was inconceivable.
Today, fifty-year-olds are generally less frayed and more eager to continue to live their lives to the full, even though many of them find themselves paying all the excesses of the past. Yes, because we between the Baby Boomers and Generation X when we were young, especially in the 80s, we were excessive exactly like the times we lived and we didn’t know for sure what a healthy and controlled lifestyle was.
Many of us today would like to be able to make up for lost time by drinking, smoking, sleeping little and eating any kind of crap to remedy debilitating general physical conditions such as overweight, diabetes, hypertension, liver problems, back pain, joints in pain and so on. Yes, we made history, ruined the world according to some, but we had a good time and now we are almost all wreckage.
However, it is also true that it is never late to recover and that getting back on the right path, albeit belatedly, is possible if only to limit the damage. The point is that no one considers Baby Boomers and the first Gen Xs as potential athletes and / or sports and fitness practitioners other than DIY.
Fitness does not consider people after 50
When I run to the stadium on the athletics track they look at me like I’m an alien. Where I live, in the morning, I meet people of my age who run or ride bikes but are obviously self-taught people who do everything by themselves simply because no Fitness or Sports program takes them into consideration. Except for the CrossFit that from this point of view does not look at anyone and has an answer for everyone.
Lie. There are also some very sad “sweet” gymnastics programs that are frankly impossible because not only do they not solve the problems but they definitely undermine the self-esteem of the participants treated by their instructors like idiots.
However, although the philosophy of the CrossFit is democratic, in practice, the presence of Baby Boomers is not always well seen in the Boxes. Even a person of a certain age in shape still has physical limitations that prevent him from performing like a 20-year-old or a 30-year-old, let alone if we add to this the pathologies that require particular attention.
The 50+ are not old, they are just out of shape
The CrossFit is scalable but if the person, let’s say “old”, takes all the time and attention in a class for himself, then we have a problem that no coach wants to face. But it is also true that these are the situations in which we see the good coach and I would also add the good trader.
Already because Baby Boomers and Early Gen X who decide to improve their fitness status, not only have a greater awareness of their goals and an ability to apply that the younger ones dream of, but also have time and financial resources to dedicate to achieving of their purposes.
The Baby Boomers are excellent customers who can also occupy Boxes times and spaces that otherwise would remain empty. And even personal trainers could find in
But then I will talk about this in the company blog because here, as a member of this large group of the population, I would like to make my complaints about the fact that the world of fitness ignores us for the moment. Are there specific training programs for over 50 and over? Fitness after 50: baby boomers follow me and I will redeem you.
Are there any sports, except perhaps the bowls, which give space to us poor old people who do not feel they correspond to what is written on our identity card? No.
Personally, I had to struggle to move from the adult rowing group to the Masters group and even in Crossfit being always looked at as the one who “oh my God can’t do it now” from those who don’t know me is rather annoying.
But the average age rises and sooner or later the late-forty-fifty-sixty will be the majority of the population and sooner or later someone will have to notice it. Let’s hope.
In the meantime, there are no specific information resources either, in fact, by searching for sites or services that provide resources for us “old” we find only dating sites as if at our age we only thought about shooting the latest cartridges. Unfortunately old, fat, with a basket of pills and the prospect that you can’t eat even a cake at dinner isn’t very sexy. Frankly, I also find it a bit ridiculous.
But if one of my age, seeks comfort in practical redemptions and wants to get to that appointment remedied on the Web in a decent physical form, he does not find any useful resource for example to get rid of back pain or bacon or other typical things of a sedentary life followed by youthful excesses. He can only go out to run on the lakefront or make himself a whole day on a bicycle and then return to get rid of everything he finds in the fridge because he burned and feels exhausted.
Only programs dedicated to the over 50 can help them
To avoid these behaviors that end up going to the opposite side to what one would like to get, a little more attention from the entire fitness industry would be needed, and not just from the good Greg Glassman, and surely it would take more disclosure and more resources. specifications. And here’s the point. My commitment for 2020 will be to create resources for those 50+ who still have much to give and do from the point of view of fitness and sports but do not find any evidence, support or resources.
Do not think that suddenly I have become selfless is that I am tired of always having to adapt programs, tips, methodologies and anything else to the fact that having a certain age and wanting to be performing anyway, in the daily sense of the term, I have to work twice to find what works best for me.
How can you train a 50+ to get back in shape? And for, what do I know, take part in a CrossFit race or a Master race or the NY Marathon? What should you eat, how much should you sleep, what relaxing practices to follow, how to motivate yourself, what psychological state to create, how to manage daily life to avoid stress? I would like some answers. Or rather I have them, they are my peers who do not have them and end up destroying their ligaments by playing soccer.
Here it is. In 2020 I want to do something for those of my age who write to me, ask for advice, comfort and don’t resign themselves to the fact that nobody considers them as potential athletes or simply as potential healthy people. And I’ll make it. As always.