Look, things happen when we age. Muscle mass decreases, flexibility decrease, hormones decreaseNo one is going to defeat the passage of time but we don’t have to go down without a fight.
Lifting weights and staying active as we age is one of the best way to slow down the aging process. It will help increase or keep muscle mass, it will help slow osteoporosis (really important for me with Addison’s), and the more muscle you make, the more testosterone levels may come up. Not a bad return on investment for a few hours of gym time each week.
Its been a solid year now that I’ve been regularly lifting weights and doing strength training to support my running and triathlon habit. What started as a necessary evil to rehab my knee has morphed into a necessary habit. In the offseason, I’ve been regularly doing strength work twice a week. Last season, I dropped that to once a week with more stretching and bodyweight exercises.
The weights have given me more speed, more stamina, and stronger ligaments and tendons allowing me to stay active with my arthritic knee. This gym work (along with smarter recovery time as a master’s athlete) has led to an uptick in the consistency of my training, and that has led to an improvement in my face results, including a new 10k PR last year at age 41.
As a lifelong runner, I’ve never had what you would call shredded or chiseled arms. I’ve largely gotten by with sporadic attempts at circuit training or weight lifting, but nothing long enough to have much of an impact.
As I’ve gotten older, embraced master’s running and tried to hold on to my speed as long as possible, I’ve found strengthening my upper body through regular gym workouts to be an essential cog in staving off father time.