Most men in their 30’s and 40’s have spent the best part of 0f 10-20 years pursuing their careers and built a family. You have sacrificed time and sleep to either climb the corporate ladder or built a business. All at the expense of your health and time. Now you realize that you need to invest in your health and you unsure where to start. I hope to give you a couple of ideas to help you along the way.
At 42 I don’t feel old and in my mind, my body is as physically capable as if I was 20. Fortunately, I kept up being active for the past 20 odd years. However, I have niggly injuries and recently tore something in my left knee doing a simple double unders. The point is if you were an athletic person in your 20’s chances are you are still very athletic however your body is not the same anymore. You might have noticed that you pick up weight easier and your muscle tone (tightness) is on the decline. This is a natural part of aging and you have the power to slow down the process and be athletic again.
Not Motivated, Commited
To get the ball rolling, it is best to do something that you enjoy doing. This is the advice I cant highly recommend more. Most people fail because they not enjoying the thing they are doing. Obviously, if you want to gain some muscle and tone up, running is not going to do the trick. You would need to lift weights. However, if running is the activity you enjoy doing can be done 3-5 times per week consistently then you need to do it. Gradually as you develop the habit of training then you can start to add in some gym sessions. It is all about the habit. Commited.
Take It Easy
As I have stated your body is not the same anymore. You need to show it some love as you make your come back. By this I mean, start slow with very low expectation and gradually as your body to do a little bit more each week. If you were an athlete you understand this concept. Progression is key. Pain does equal gain however you have a job, family, and responsibilities. Pushing too hard, in the beginning, can lead to injury and a dislike of the process. Try to think of it as playing the long game. Over time you ratchet up the intensity.
Following a well-thought-out training program that takes your current physical health and fitness levels into account is important. The program should include structured sections to every session and over an extended period of time that align with your goals.