Holding on to the Glory Days
I have been dealing with some back issues over the past 6 months or so and this morning it got me thinking about how my athleticism has been affected. I’m not going to pretend like I’m some seasoned vet of the life game and that I creak like the tin man getting out of bed in the morning. I still have a good amount of youth left in me, but these recent issues with my back have made me think about the future.
A lot of people start to lose their athleticism when they get into their thirties. This is when you start to see the slow-pitch softball “hammy” injuries pop up. The days of over-exaggerated remembrance of athleticism are upon you and try to hang onto the thread of what is left of youth.
So what to do? Do you just stop being competitive?
It’s the time to start being smarter than your much dumber youthful self. Warming up and stretching now need to be part of the plan and movement in every day life cannot stop. Honestly, what’s the biggest difference between 35 year old you and 18 year old you? Movement!
At some point adult life steps in and we stop moving nearly as much. The couch or comfy armchair becomes our fortress of sedation. My dad was able to play in adult athletic leagues until his mid-40s very effectively and still could do so if that was important to him. He’s a grandfather now so that takes precedence, obviously. He doesn’t workout more than once a week. So what was/is his secret to maintaining his athleticism? Movement! His job requires a lot of moving and lifting. He naturally stays in really good shape.
I understand a lot of people are behind a desk all day, but what about when you get home? What about days off? Get your “reserved seating” sticker off your couch and go do something active! You will be amazed with the changes you can achieve in your body composition and athleticism. Going to the gym obviously helps tremendously, but our bodies are just meant to move.
So go out and hang onto those glory days a little longer!
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Josh Kruhm, CPT, USAW-1, WLS, PES
Josh has experience with anything and everything, from prenatal and postpartum care to coaching high school athletes as they prepare for high-level DI careers. He specializes in getting the most out of whoever he is coaching. Josh is the Director of Education for MadLab Performance and manages the company’s personal trainers. He also is a frequent contributing writer for MadLab’s continuing education articles. Josh may be contacted by email at: email@example.com