March 15, 2013
In this newsletter . . .
Workouts: Doing Them
Workouts: Doing Them at Home
Having your own home gym is the dream of many who grow tired of driving to the gym, paying membership dues, listening to annoying music, and waiting to use equipment.
No, it’s not all bad. Some people like commercial health clubs. And that’s fine. But more and more, there are motivated folks who say they’d rather train at home. Are you one of them? If so, what’s stopping you? Maybe you think you don’t have enough space for exercise equipment. That's one reason you hear a lot. But I can tell you it takes less space than most people think. Take a look at my own workout arrangement here, as an example. Or scroll down on Bob White’s page to see his training area.
Then, for those who have extra space for more equipment, have a look at George Boedecker’s gym. The most serious lifter among us could get a dynamite workout at George’s.
Or maybe you have a spot outside your home that could be dedicated to working out. Take a look at Terry Overstreet’s outside gym. He follows CrossFit programs and keeps his gear outside in a carport.
To sum it up, if you’re happy training at a commercial gym, stay with it. But if the convenience of working out at home appeals to you, you can probably find just the right fit by following one of the examples above. Pick one of them and then tweak it a bit to fit your own specific needs.
Not long ago I watched a TV sports special, it may have been Bryant Gumbel's show, where two old hall-of-fame athletes talked about their lives and aging. They were basketball great, Bill Russell, and football star, Jim Brown. Russell is 78 and Brown is 76, which happens to be my age, too.
They seemed mentally sharp, but sports had left marks on them physically. Their conversation was interesting and witty, just two friends talking who had at one time performed at the highest level of sport. Now in their senior years, neither had anything more to prove, nor any inclination to one-up the other. It was good, honest talk.
Later, I read a magazine Q&A column with Jim Brown in which he was asked about the key to healthy aging. His answer was short: He said you have to stay relevant. Being an old guy myself, I think I understand.
Unless you have an interest(s) that captures your spirit and devotion, retirement can mean a steady downward slide. As my father used to say: "Life really changes once you are 'out of the harness.'" (Being from Montana, dad appreciated a good country metaphor.)
If you’re a young senior in your fifties, you may not yet realize the importance of having retirement interests. But in time you will. Those of us in our sixties and beyond know exactly what I mean.
If you are approaching retirement, give thought to what you will do with your time when you are out of the harness. And the earlier you take it into consideration, the better. I have a few thoughts of my own on how to make the most of it. You can find them here. Take a look. Because Jim Brown has it right: You have to stay relevant.
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Gray Iron: A Fitness Guide for Senior Men and Women
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