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Over 60 and Male? It's Definitely Not Too Late to Get Fit

3 minutes to read

05/06/2020

Do you find it interesting that as you age, you never really feel like you’re aging, at least not in your head? As far as your mind is concerned, you’re just as virile and sexy at 60 as you were in your 30s and 40s.

But then try getting out of bed without moaning and groaning, or sleeping through the night without several runs to the restroom, or catch a glimpse of your paunch in the mirror, and you’re right back to reality.

Well, if you're up for a challenge, it's not too late to reclaim some of your youthful vigor while slowing the onslaught of aging-related complaints, including the symptoms of a troublesome prostate.

You don't have to take getting older lying down. You can fight it, and you can win. It just takes a little hard work and commitment. But the payoff is enormous in terms of your overall health, sex life, physique, mental clarity, and your confidence level.

Now, getting fit over 60 isn't going to look like a Rocky Balboa training montage. And it shouldn't. As you age, you have different fitness needs than younger athletes, and a higher risk for injuries and slower healing times.Below is a guide for getting back into shape and staying in shape when you're past 60.


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Start slow, but stay consistent

If it's been a while since you've worked out, don't worry. You'll be back up to speed in no time. But it's important to start slow so that you don't injure yourself right out of the gate. The Centers for Disease Control recommends 150 minutes of aerobic exercise each week, such as biking, swimming, or walking, as well as two days of weight training weekly. If you can devote a half hour each day to fitness, and fill that time with activities focused on strength, balance, flexibility, or endurance, you can dramatically improve your health and fitness level in a matter of weeks.


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Find the right intensity of weight lifting

Don't start pumping iron at the gym like you're training for a triathlon, which is a good way to injure yourself no matter how old you are. If you're going to use weights, find a weight that you can comfortably lift 10 to 15 times before you can no longer maintain proper form, and perform one to three sets at that weight. Don't work the same muscle groups two days in a row, and only increase the weight when you can perform all reps and sets easily.

Keep in mind you don't need to "lift weights" to build muscle and strength. Wall pushups and squats are just as effective, as long as you're using good form and repeating the exercise until you can't do it with proper form.


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Consider practices

Practices like yoga and tai chi may look easy from the armchair, but they have powerful effects on your fitness. Yoga is an excellent practice for building strength and flexibility using your own body to perform weight-bearing exercises.

The discipline of movement and breathing embraced by these practices also improves your mental strength and flexibility. Unlike weight lifting, you can do yoga or tai chi every day, and they're less likely to result in injury, yet just as likely to build muscle and increase endurance as pumping iron. Bonus: Yoga is a great stress reliever.


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Play the long game

Just as you didn't get out of shape overnight, you're not going to get back into shape overnight. With fitness past 60, you're playing the long game, but the gains are just as big. Develop an active mindset rather than a goal mindset. By all means, create fitness goals. But more importantly, develop a long-term mindset and a taste for being active. Commit thirty minutes of each day of the rest of your life to doing something--anything--that involves moving your body and becoming just that much more fit.


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Do what you enjoy

If you hate the treadmill, sell that thing, and find something you can really get behind. Take up biking, jogging, swimming, or just good old walking. Or do something different every day. It all counts, and it all improves your fitness level. You don't have to be suffering for your workout to be working.


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Talk to your doctor--and a trainer

If it's been a while since you've been active, it's a good idea to talk to your doctor about your fitness plans. Then, it's a good idea to get a trainer, if only for a couple of sessions, to help you develop a routine that's just right for you and your fitness goals.


Supplement with Prostavol

While getting physically fit will help reduce symptoms of an enlarged prostate, which affects most men as they age, supplementing with Prostavol Prostate Support can help you see results sooner. Formulated with 33 research-based, all-natural ingredients, Prostate Support promotes complete bladder emptying and improves urine flow, and it does so without side effects.

Fit and fierce after 60 is entirely possible, giving you a new lease on life--including your sex life. Don't let getting older stop you from getting what you want out of your body. It's never too late to start, and once you do, there is no limit to how far you can go.


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Sources:

https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/adults...

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