Face your beliefs in fitness, diet and health and bust through the myths that our thirties dupe us into believing. A better, healthier physique is still a reality.
When it comes to your thirties change is normally the operative word that comes to mind regarding life. Marriage, kids, climbing the career ladder, schedules, extracurricular activities and the list can go on.
With all of these changes comes a few negative effects such as the suffering of health, lower testosterone levels, unused gym memberships, weight gain, poor eating habits, higher stress levels and a few more visits to the doctor.
To make things even worse, our attitudes and perspectives change toward our ability to train and diet. We like to make our own conclusions due to all of these new stresses and responsibilities. We adopt a new mindset to let ourselves off the hook a bit when it comes to losing weight, building muscle and maintaining our health.
Below are a few myths we tend to believe in our thirties and beyond when it comes to training, diet and health. Whether you are somewhat new to this whole fitness thing or have an impressive track record and need a little motivation, the list below can shed some light on some not so believable “truths.”
Squats are bad for your knees: When performed properly, squats (and most other multi-joint moves) can actually strengthen the knee joint. The perceptively harmless leg extension machine is the real culprit as it puts the knee joint in an extremely vulnerable position when done with a heavy amount of weight. The patella tendon specifically is singled out and stressed and is involved in lifting all that weight.
Bench presses are bad for your shoulders: The bench press CAN hurt your shoulders when combined with ego. Ego lifters like to pile on the weight and impress each other with new feats of strength every time they approach the bench. Lighten the load, perform slow and controlled reps and use a moderate rep range. Avoid maxing out every session.
Testosterone decreases in your thirties: Yes it does, but you can head this off with, you guessed it, resistance training. Lifting weights will help you gain muscle, strength and spur testosterone naturally. It is the lack of activity, weight gain and stress that effect testosterone the most in your thirties. Of course this is all true when a solid diet is followed as well full of lean proteins, fruits, vegetables and healthy fats.
You naturally gain fat: When you were in your twenties I am sure you were going to college, working jobs on your feet and worked out more often. Now with all of those new responsibilities as a “grownup” you’ve ditched the gym, have a job where you sit more and are simply less active. Proper training, diet and just being more active daily will go far regarding keeping fat at bay.
You can’t lift heavy any more so you really can’t gain any real muscle: Heavy is a relative term. Sure, your DESIRE may no longer be to bench press 400 pounds or squat a small car, but you CAN build an appreciable amount of muscle and change your physique for the better. Adhering to a sound weight training and diet plan is all it takes to reshape things. You can reap those sought after results in your thirties and beyond!
What beliefs do you hold true and wish were different? What would you change about yourself if you had the right plan in place?