In today's November 21, 2009 newsletter . . .

  • Retirement Bliss

  • Training to Failure

Retirement Bliss

By the time we reach the mid-century mark in life, retirement planning should be in place — even if we never intend on retiring. If you love what you are doing, why stop because of some age number? The important thing is having the option to retire should you choose to.

But also keep in mind that unforeseen events and circumstances may require leaving your work, no matter how much you would prefer to continue. Or, over the years a change in your attitude and priorities may evolve. No one can be 100 percent certain how these things will play out. Just knowing that you have the option to do as you wish is a wonderful thing.

A couple of factors are imperative if you want to enjoy such options: 1) You must have good physical and emotional health; and 2) your financial condition must be sound. If you squander either, the second half of your life will not be pleasant.

The earlier in life we begin living a financial and physical fitness lifestyle the better our odds of discovering that the senior years may be the most rewarding time of all. And, to be blunt, the other extreme of being in poor health and broke can be a miserable existence.

So of course the sooner we understand these facts and act on them, the better off we will be. Yet even for those who act late in life, some measure of improvement is still possible — at any age.

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Training to Failure

The following is from Living the Fitness Lifestyle. -LF

Training to failure on any kind of regular basis always seemed to me like a bad idea, especially for seniors. I’ve tried it a few times and found that it soon takes its toll on my mind and body. I simply cannot sustain pushing myself to the absolute limit workout after workout.

The other day I was looking at an article in Men’s Health magazine and the author described two different types of training to failure. One type is training to absolute failure, and the other type is training to technical failure.

He defined training to absolute failure as not being able to complete another exercise repetition - no matter what. While training to technical failure is that point when your body posture must change to complete the movement. In other words, when you have to cheat by leaning or swinging forward or back, or you can’t control the speed of the weight you are lifting. Now that makes a little more sense to me than going to aboslute failure.

Still, I always liked what Bill Pearl says about the concept. I’m paraphrasing, but Pearl says to end a set when you could do one or two more reps, if you really had to. Finish your workouts leaving a little gas still in the tank.

"Train don't strain" used to be the advice in the old muscle building courses. Still today, that’s pretty good advice.

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Gray Iron: A Fitness Guide for Senior Men and Women

The Gray Iron Fitness Newsletter is a free publication sent twice monthly to our subscribers. Our purpose is to provide honest and realistic fitness information for people age 50 and above.

Always consult with your physician before making dietary changes or starting an exercise program.

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Logan Franklin
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