Weight training for seniors

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    Aug 06, 2018 8:06 AM GMT
    I'm now 65 and have been working out for most of my adult life. It keeps me sane and mobile! Over the last couple of years, I've noticed that injuries are taking much longer to heal, and over the last two months, it's taking longer to recover. Now, I can't move the weights I did last year. Dropping the weight is far more comfortable, and taking it more slowly helps. So, is this the way it goes now? Can anyone recommend a 'maintenance' programme for me?
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    Aug 07, 2018 2:19 AM GMT
    I'm great with you. Unfortunately having been in love with her for many years has left me with injuries that I've done nothing but get worse the more I pushed the longer things take to heal which is pretty much a no-brainer except it does beg the question where does One start and how does one progress when met with such obstacles period I'm still earn enough to still want to attain what I had before but realise that I need to do it in a different approach
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    Aug 08, 2018 3:01 PM GMT
    I'd go to https://forum.bodybuilding.com for info. There's an over-35 section that might be helpful. You also might check out sites such as t-nation that have similar sections, though are more TRT focused.

    If you look through the last-post date in RJ's fitness and bodybuilding sections, you'll see that they remain inactive for long periods. The most active are the political discussions and the all things gay section.
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    Aug 08, 2018 9:12 PM GMT
    Thank you. I'll have a look.
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    Aug 08, 2018 9:18 PM GMT
    daddysw saidI'm now 65 and have been working out for most of my adult life. It keeps me sane and mobile! Over the last couple of years, I've noticed that injuries are taking much longer to heal, and over the last two months, it's taking longer to recover. Now, I can't move the weights I did last year. Dropping the weight is far more comfortable, and taking it more slowly helps. So, is this the way it goes now? Can anyone recommend a 'maintenance' programme for me?


    I know several physical therapists and they all are adamant about not lifting too heavy. They are all in their 20's and 30's and say they will never lift heavy because there are no benefits from doing so. Or at least, the risks outweigh any benefits. So why not simply stay on your current routine and reduce the weight and increase the reps or sets if needed?
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    Aug 09, 2018 4:33 AM GMT
    In some respects I'm still able to lift the same amount of weight as I did when I was in my twenties and thirties.

    I'm almost fifty now but I know that I can't keep this up for a lot longer. I'll listen to my body and lighten the load when necessary. But for the time being I'm going to lift as heavy as I possibly can. A combination of one heavy day and another higher rep/lower weight hypertrophy day for major muscle groups (in other words, training muscle groups twice a week) works really well.

    In addition, I've been experimenting with different types of diets and have noticed, from my own anecdotal experience, how certain foods affect me. I've tried intermittent fasting (still do it and love it) and most recently am trying a ketogenic diet. I was reluctant for the longest time to try a keto diet. I was always big on carbs and felt I needed them for energy and to maintain my size. Now I eat 30g or less of carbs (standard approach to a keto diet) and all the stiffness in my joints is practically all gone, especially my knees. It was worse in the morning and I couldn't walk down our narrow flight of stairs upon waking after a night's sleep. I had to take one step at a time like a child until my body warmed up. Now I can get down the stairs without any pain. And from a cosmetic standpoint, I'm losing stubborn body fat in areas of my body that I've struggled with for quite some time. I'm finally losing the lower back fat ("muffin-top") that has plagued me for quite some time.

    I firmly believe what we put in our bodies has a tremendous impact as to how we age and function. Try different things and see how you feel. Be willing to do some research and experiment. But do so in an educated and informed manner. I do a lot of research first before I decide to take something on like intermittent fasting or ketogenic eating.