“Am I Too Old to Get in Shape?”

I bet I’m the oldest member of your community!”

“Am I too old for this? I don’t get all the references.”

We get these sorts of emails a few times a week.

If you’ve ever pulled a Danny Glover and said “I’m getting too old for this sh**,” you’re not alone. But did you know we have kick ass members of the Rebellion that are in their 70s, 80s, and 90s?


Did you know you’re never too old to start? Yup.

When 2014 Boston Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi was asked how long he thought he could continue competing at an elite level, now being over the age of 40, he responded: “If no one ever told you when you were born, how would you know how old you are?”

Tamae Watanabe of Japan summited Mount Everest at the age of 73, 10 years after setting the previous record at 63! I met many Rebels over the age of 70, including Gay from New Mexico who is 73, has nine grandchildren, and lost 90 pounds on her journey!

Believe it or not, we get emails from 30-year-olds explaining why they are too old – how it’s too late for them to get in shape, learn a skill, travel the world, etc.

The problem is – whether you are 30 or 80 – if you believe you are too old you ARE too old.  This belief that you are too set in your ways to change becomes paralyzing.

Those who subscribe to the belief that they are “too old” see the person who declares “age is just a mindset” or “you’re never too old to change” as a naive or foolish statement. “They don’t understand. When they are my age/in my situation, they’ll get it.”

And it’s hard to see the other side if you believe this about yourself. Really freakin’ hard. The belief has hardened so much that you can’t even realistically imagine yourself changing. But I’ve seen thousands upon thousands of people in the NF Rebellion change their mindset after proving to themselves they CAN change.

I mean, if Willie Murphy, this 78 year old grandma, can power lift, there’s probably something you’re capable of too. Oh and by the way, and she started her fitness journey at 56!

Breaking through the wall of: “I can’t because ___” is a tough task. That’s why today we’re going to let our veteran Rebels do the talking for us. Whether you have health issues to work around, weight to lose, habits to build, or haters to prove wrong, let’s get inspired by some Rebel bad-asses who have already walked the path.

I wanted to share a few stories from some of our veteran Rebels out there to let you know that no matter what age you are, or how far you have to go on your fitness journey, starting today is the best gift you can give to yourself.

Rebel Spotlight: Joni


Steve: Hey Joni, great meeting you last year at Camp Nerd Fitness. To start, tell us a little bit about you.

First and foremost I’m a mom and grandma. I’ve been divorced for a very long time (21 years) and raised my daughter by myself for the most part. She’s grown and 35 now with a husband, and I have the most perfect grandson in the world. He’s 6 in April and the joy of my life. Oh, and I am CTO for a small managed services company.

Steve: What’s your background in fitness? When did you first start?

Haha…no background in fitness. I mean literally none. I stayed around 220 after my divorce and carried that weight for years. I’d go to a gym, get a trainer who would drag me around cardio equipment and make me pound the floor with large ropes and I’d quit.

I hated it with a passion.

In 2009 I lost 60 pounds on Medifast by basically eating around 1000 calories a day. I dropped down to 160 then promptly went back up to 185 when real food was introduced. A couple of years ago I literally searched for “Fitness for Nerds” on Google and up popped Nerd Fitness!

Steve: Congrats on eventually finding your path! What inspired you to get started?

20 Seconds of Courage has changed my life. Actually Staci’s story inspired me. I am brave in the professional arena but not so much in the personal one. 20 Seconds of Courage got me into a crossfit class. I hated crossfit but loved the weights. I was hooked!

I finally found a trainer who agreed to train me to lift and the rest is history.

As a note I went through a whole list of trainers who thought I was too old, too fat, too all kinds of things before I found one who would train me to powerlift. Feb 8th, 2015 was the first session with my current trainer so it’s really only been a little more than a year. In the last year, using that 20 seconds over and over, I’ve done the 33 floor stairclimb for the lung association, a 30-obstacle mud run, a 5K and a Push/Pull meet at the State Fair, and Camp Nerd Fitness. What a wonderful, fun, scary year this has been.

Steve: This makes me so freaking happy. So, what’s your routine look like now?

I am leaning out (my trainer is a bodybuilder, that’s his term), so all my food is prepped on the weekends. I eat about 2300 calories a day and am dropping a pound or two a week. 5 days a week I am at the gym around 5:15 AM.

I am doing the Juggernaut Powerlifting Program and very much enjoying the process although I have lots to learn. I am so excited, I’ll be going to a full day fitness clinic in May! Can you imagine the looks when the old, grey haired broad walks in? There is no way that would have happened two years ago.

I firmly believe in discipline as opposed to motivation. I am not in any way motivated to crawl out of bed at 4:45 in the morning to go to the gym, but I sure feel good when I get back home after a workout. Two days a week I have a Yoga guy come to my house and help me with mobility. My hips are very tight and I’ve had one injury and am trying to avoid another one.

On my rest days I do a dog class with some girlfriends and our various pups. We do agility, obedience and tricks. On Sunday, weather permitting, I go to fighter practice with SCA. That is a whole other 20 seconds of courage story.

And between 8 and 5 I work. Retirement in a couple years I hope! It’s 8:10 now so it’s almost time for bed. It’s Deadlift day tomorrow and I can’t wait!

Steve: Dang Joni, you got ME inspired now. Looking back, after all those years on the “roller coaster,” what do you think it was that made you successful this time?

Nerd Fitness is important! This community is so safe and powerful. Had there been a Nerd Fitness when I was 20, I would have lived a very different life I think. I wouldn’t have watched the guys at the park wrestling, I would have walked up and asked if I could play too. I would have walked to the back of the gym and learned to lift instead of watching the guys from the corner of my eye while I walked on the treadmill. I would have stopped worrying about what people think 40 years ago.

I am sure that this is the first community or tribe a lot of us have ever experienced. We fit in here.

Steve: I told you this at camp, but you made me cry when you told me your story. In a good way. So, thanks for being such an awesome example of what’s possible Joni! And, last but not least, do you have any nerd hobbies or interests?

Well, I am learning to make chainmail armor. It’s very slow going but it’s fun. I’m also learning to fight with sword and shield in SCA. That activity came from Camp and Dakao Do. I used to play WOW for hours every day, but it’s not a priority now and I cancelled my subscription.

Rebel Spotlight: Jim


Steve: Jim, thanks for being awesome and talking with us. Tell us a little bit about you:

I’m a 56 year old father of 5, grandfather of 6. I’m a Senior Solution Architect for Red Hat. Translation: I’m a technical sales engineer. I work with several sales representatives making sure we sell our customers appropriate software. I support accounts that are based in Florida. Or as one of my friends say, I learn all I can about technology and travel around the country talking about it, which is when you and I first met Steve (in Nashville!).

Steve: Yup! And now I feel like I see you more often than I see some of my other friends! Let’s see…when did you get started with fitness?

That’s a hard question to answer. I grew up on a farm and played sports through high school. That was followed by getting married and having kids. During my 20’s and 30’s most of my exercise came from my work, or from activities like splitting firewood, remodeling houses, playing pickup basketball, etc.

I got back into the gym in my mid 40’s starting with the typical running and dumbbell exercises.

Steve: Most recently, was there a specific moment when you decided to make a change? What inspired you to get started?

Really getting to a place in my life where I had the time and money to get a gym membership, etc. I wanted to get stronger and be in good shape. At some point we had a personal trainer and I told him I wanted to be able to bench 225#. He laughed at me. Now, my current bench is 370 lbs. That motivated me for a long time to keep working.

I found Nerd Fitness sometime in 2011, and about the same time I had a young co-worker who was a power lifter. I had started doing barbell work on the forum. He told me about a power lifting competition that was a mile from my apartment. I registered and was hooked.

Now I’m hooked because I ‘accidentally’ set the USAPL Florida state record for squat and bench for my age and weight class. This is motivating me to lose some weight so I can drop a class and set 2 more records.


Steve: Holy crap man, what a fantastic example of using a challenge as motivation instead of an excuse. And congrats on the state record!! Screw that trainer – sounds like you can bench two of him now. What’s your routine like now?

I spend about 1/2 of my work life on the road. Whenever I can, I pick hotels that are near a gym (a 24-hour chain) that I’m a member of. I prefer to go to the gym early in the morning (5 or 6 AM) and workout for an hour or so. I aim to go 5 or 6 times a week, and average about 4. I only do cardio as warmup (rowing machine or jump rope or calesthentics).

My in-gym routine varies a lot, since I often don’t know what equipment I am going to have available to me. I try to hit at least 2 of the major lifts every workout, plus whatever accessory stuff is available.

Steve: Welp, looks like Rebels who travel frequently now have lost that excuse too. Thanks for busting that one for me. Anything you aren’t awesome at (that you struggle with)?

Food is my biggest challenge, especially with the travel. I tend to do really well at breakfast, OK at lunch, and terrible at supper.

Steve: Any advice for Rebels around your age?

Check your ego at the door. The key to exercising and getting stronger when you are older is consistency that involves not getting hurt. Anytime I start thinking about beating the kid who just walked up next to me… I unload the weights and go home.

As an older person, I recover and heal slower. I can’t afford a weeks or months long hiatus in the same way I could when I was younger. Of course, an advantage I have is being more aware of my limits cause I’ve been doing it longer…

Steve: Play to your strengths and be aware of your limits. Any nerd cred you want to share?

Technology (especially Linux) is my nerdy passion. I realized pretty early in my life that I have some addictive tendencies, so I have always avoided all sorts of computer games. At this stage in my life, I find most fantasy and sci-fi movies pretty boring and repetitive. I live a pretty boring life.

I usually have to use Google to understand most of the challenge themes, gifs and memes on the Nerd Fitness forums.

Steve: Ha! Well, good on ya for sticking with it even if you don’t get all of the absurd references we put into the content. 

Fitness is for everyone. Older Rebels: I’d love to hear from you.

happy at camp

Fitness isn’t a privilege for the young, it’s for everyone. Young or old, skinny or fat, pink or green (wait, I’m thinking of Power Rangers).

Age is just another excuse – no different than time, money, or all the other reasons we come up with not to do what needs to be done.

Like many excuses, we may not actually say it out loud, but if we look honestly at ourselves, we can see it holding us back. I even have a few pages dedicated to crushing “I’m too old for [insert whatever fun thing you want to do is here]” in my book, Level Up Your LifeIt’s also why the first rule of the Nerd Fitness Rebellion is this: “we don’t care where you came from, only where you’re going.” Whatever brought you here, you are NEVER too old to be better today than you were yesterday.

Being better today than yesterday is so freaking important when it comes to our health, especially as we get older. You know the saying “use it or lose it?” The more we exercise and stay active, the more alert we are and the less “old” we feel.

In the end, we’re all the same: searching for a path to be happy and healthy. That looks different for everybody, and its often our own brains that are telling us, lying to us: “I can’t do anything.” So start today. Do something. Go for a walk. Try yoga. Chat with other fit people your age and ask them what they do.

But start.

If you have spent more time than most on this planet, I’d love to hear from you:

Leave a comment, let me know where you’re commenting from and how you found Nerd Fitness.

If you know somebody that’s up in their years and would benefit from this community, we’d love for you to share it.

Help us improve this community by recruiting those who think they’re “too old” to get started. Today is as good a day as any to start making changes.



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  • Scott K

    This hits home for me. I’m 38 and I have felt this way many, many times. Anything that points to me getting older can put me in a very depressing “my life is over, I can’t do anything but provide for my family” mindset. Having kids, being a stay-at-home dad for 3 1/2 years, aches and pains that I didn’t have when I was younger, getting news of people I know passing away, even birthdays are all triggers for me. My biggest struggles with my fitness are mental. My dad has been overweight my entire life, and thank God he is still around, but it is very natural for me to think “well, I’m overweight and can’t move around very good but this is the way things are supposed to be.” I’ve failed so many times at turning my life around fitness-wise, it’s also easy for me to say “it’s not meant to be, I’ve lost so much time.” But then I realize that I have decades left to go, God willing, so what am I complaining about?

    After crashing and burning on a few all-or-nothing 90-day challenge type fitness things, which makes me relapse really hard, I decided that I do have the time to make slow, lasting changes since nothing else has worked for me. That’s why NF appeals to me (that and the nerdiness of course!) I decided that I do have the right to improve my life for me and others in my life, but mostly me, and that it’s not too late. My older daughter is 4, and she will be getting into little league soon. I want to be involved in that but I won’t be able to do much if I can’t even run around for more than two minutes.

    One of the nagging things with me is chronic lower back pain, which I have made sure never gets better with bad eating, no exercising, and bad posture. Time to fix that for good. Kinda funny, I’ve avoided going to a chiropractor because “that’s what old people do” but I’ve started going to a chiropractor and it seems to be helping. I signed up for NF Academy and I’m starting on the very first level of NF fitness, eating paleo-ish, cutting out carbs one by one and doing bodyweight workouts. I’m cautiously optimistic, but reading this post about people even older than me doing what I want to do gives me hope. Congratulations to Joni & Steve!

  • Anon

    Good for them, but it sounds like they have time and money to do all this stuff. It’s harder for people that are stuck at work for 40+ hours a week and have to come home and take care of everything and everyone. And on top of that the job pays jack for every dime is paying for taxes, bills, kids and everything else that sucks. Sometimes I feel like I might as well eat everything I want to eat because life is pointless when you’re stuck in this slave-labor like state.

  • gson1192

    So, so, SO glad you’ve covered some of us “older” folks! To be honest, I NEVER thought I would be this age! Seriously, when you are young – even in your forties, you think 60, 70, 80 is sooooooooooo far off. Well, let me tell you what, it sneaks up on you so dang fast it isn’t even funny!! I’ll be turning 70 in just two weeks and I’m so danged upset by that number! Yet, I don’t feel, act, or look like it! BUT, I am over weight and I keep reading Nerd Fitness because you inspire me! I’ve been thin before and I want to get back into a decent shape, not just to look good, but to feel good and do some of those things that I seem to have lost! Like running up and down the stairs! Or even just getting out and dancing without feeling like I’m dying! I had a trainer for a while last year…. am looking into getting another trainer that will work with my “aged” body! I want to get in the shape I was at 46! That was the best shape of my life! Please keep showing the older folks and their success stories…. you have no idea how motivational that is for some of us! THANK YOU!!

  • gson1192

    I can so relate! Still working a full time job at 69… and when I get home, all I want to do is sit on the couch or in front of the computer and turn into a vegetable! BUT……………. WE, yes WE, must place our priorities in order. To continue taking care of those kids, you have to take care of yourself. Sometimes, you have to put YOU first in order to take care of everyone and everything first! It took me a very long time to learn that lesson! Even you just take 30 minutes and go out and walk…. tell the family, kids, dog, cats, that this is YOUR time! You are going to take that 30 minutes to do something to make YOU feel better and if they want to come along fine. If not, fend for themselves! Walking costs absolutely ZERO, ZILCH, Nuttin’ Honey, and can be done just walking around the block! There are gyms you can go to that only charge by the month and the fees aren’t too bad. I belong to a gym close to my house and pay a yearly senior rate (however, I have to go there to use it!! LOL LOL) But, I won’t give up my membership even if I don’t use it often – just because of that one time when I will want to go! You can do it – you can find the time if it’s important to you. Of course, I’m still looking for that time myself…. but I do know that – dammit – if I want it bad enough, I will DO it! I gotta do it, because at this point in my life – it IS all about me!! LOL LOL Good Luck to you!!

  • Sporky

    Ooh, Joni, which Kingdom are you in the SCA?

  • Rozska

    Will be 55 this year. Have always been a nerd/geek. Am in good physical condition at this point, walking 10K steps a day, regularly doing pushups, working up to 3 pull ups, etc.

    Nerd Fitness has been an *amazing* source for me. The things that I’ve used the most:

    1) Steve wrote once about getting up and walking a mile a day, first thing in the morning. I plotted out how far a mile was from my house and started doing that every day. I’ve been getting up and walking a mile every morning for years now. It’s such an important part of my routine now. Thank you Steve!

    2) Start ridiculously easy and build from there. I started doing 10 push ups a day. Now, I do 20 every single morning. Plus pull ups. Plus yoga. Plus core strength/balance. All of it started with just a few. Just 5 seconds. Then build.

    3) Meditate. Again, I started ridiculously easy, with just 2 minutes a day. I do 10 minutes a day every night just before I go to sleep. While I can go longer, and sometimes do, 10 minutes seems to give me the best return for my time investment.

    So – THANK YOU STEVE for all that you’ve shared. My life is so much better for it.

  • Great article. I don’t feel remotely old at 53, but I do know that I’m fitter than a lot of people half my age – and I love that feeling!

  • J-Ro

    I am approaching my 50th birthday. A year ago I was barely able to walk due to chronic knee pain. I used my 20 seconds of courage to start paying for a gym membership and trying to work through it. Thanks to nerd fitness I found a group of ladies who are supportive of every effort and cheer for every victory. Today not only can I walk but I have done a couple 5K virtual race walks and have started running again. I am also able to squat 155lbs and deadlift 120lbs. Without the support and accountability of the Academy, I would not be where I am today. 🙂

  • Red Rascal

    HI, I LOVE THIS POST!! Yes, I am screaming this!! Thank you!! I am almost 59 and love the energy of these emails. When I heard of Camp Nerd Fitness AND that Michelle Tam is going to be there(!!)
    I got so excited I told my kids about it. My daughter in law told me to go and guess what I said, “I’m too old for it, they’d kick the stuff out of me!” Thank you so much for this! I do get many of the references and everything/everyone is so charming. This is so incredibly inspirational and motivational!!
    I too work 40 hour weeks and am tired when I get home – winters in New England are dark and dreary and fitness is usually pushed to a back burner. This spring has been hard to build motivation to even move, but I will work on it. Love you guys!

  • Thom

    bodyweight exercises are free.

  • Thom

    I don’t know if I am considered an oldie, I am only 42. I am a father of six kids, and I am currently unemployed. I can’t afford gym memberships or fancy diets. But push ups are free, so are burpees, walking, and most bodyweight exercises, even on a low food budget I can eat reasonably well [ie nutritionally dense foods]. One can make excuses or one can get up and have a go. I choose to have a go, everyday I have to make that decision, and I do make that decision. Oh and I also have long term depression, so I have plenty of reasons not to get healthy and each of those excuses are also the reasons to get healthy, kids, no job, depression, both excuses and reasons.

  • I decided a couple months ago that I’m going to be young forever, and this article has really helped me continue believing that. Obviously I can’t actually be young forever, but I’m going to stay healthy so that I feel young a lot longer than most of my peers will as we age. Still plenty of time to actually be young though, since I’m only 18.

  • BatGirlTX

    Thanks for taking time to interview some of us older rebels. I love Nerd Fitness. I hated gyms all my life and did not know how to stay in shape living in a tiny apartment working 45+ hours a week. Once I found NF and set up my wonderful Bat Cave I’ve geeked out on cool but simple fitness toys and now working out is like playing especially with my WOSS System (less expensive TRX). It lets me fly (sort of). 🙂 I’m in my fifties and saved myself from shoulder surgery with NF. Thanks for helping EVERYONE to be a superhero.

  • Tony Langdon

    encountered this situation a little over a year ago. After the State
    Urban Fire Brigades Championships, I did a little post competition soul
    searching. I had a meet affected by hamstring injury, and even when in
    form, there was no way I could run my part in a key event in a time that would allow us to win. Even getting a place was doubtful.

    46, I could have played the age card and no one would have said
    anything. I was already the fastest and most powerful runner in the
    team. However, I took a different approach. I looked for ways to do
    things better and held on to the belief that I could get faster with
    suitable training. This resulted in me joining a local athletics club,
    and much of what has transpired since has been posted in here over the
    last several months. 🙂

    the key statistic is that I am already 1.2 seconds faster over the 100m
    distance required. This is enough to result in a place, if not a win,
    in the aforementioned event (though it didn’t happen this year due to
    other circumstances). I am also somewhat antifragile, due to the heavy
    and variable training load for part of the season, with a reduction of
    training at the business end of the season. Furthermore, my gains have
    only just begun. Experienced athletes say I can gain even another
    second over the next few years – I am still a long way from using all of
    my potential, and I know I will get there, because commitment and discipline are two of my strong suits.

    So, here I am, contemplating my off season training. For me, what works is consistency. My chosen sports are quite tough for older people to maintain, and I do have to watch my training load, so injuries don’t hold me back. However, careful training is also making me much more resistant to injury, even in the face of severe workloads (like 10 events in 6-7 hours!). Off season is a chance to work on those higher risk, high return areas (like sorting out my starts), as well as general strength and fitness.

    Looking at the bigger picture, after a slow start, due to autism related coordination issues, I became interested in and quite good at sport in my teens through to early 20s. After leaving home, the only exercise I really did was a bit of walking – mostly to catch public transport for work. However, from my mid 30s, I gradually got back into competitive sport – mostly orienteering, and also took up recreational running and cycling. When I turned 40, I ran my first marathon, and then started working out in the gym. A couple of years later, I moved out of the city, became a volunteer firefighter, and took up again (after an 18 year absence!) the competitions firefighters do in these parts. I still have those coordination issues, with some challenges in motor control and proprioception. However, I am making progress at working with those issues, making steady progress.

    So, nope, you’re never too old (until they throw you in the wooden box and put it in the ground or on the fire 😉 ).

  • Dana Myles

    You have a knack for posting the exact message I need to read. I’ve been lurking around the fringes of Nerd Fitness for, good grief, two years now! I’m 48 yrs old, afraid of doing more harm than good if I work out with any kind of real weight, afraid I won’t fit in with the Rebels because I’m more a horror book / film nerd and a lot of the sci-fi / gamer references do indeed fly right over my head. Not to mention my challenge with how to use social media and the NF Forums.

    Thanks to Joni and Jim for sharing their stories and eliminating another couple of excuses from my arsenal.

  • Dawn Matsumoto

    This is awesome. I’ve kind of been lurking for a while now-reading your posts and articles, but feeling out of place because of my age (56). I’ve been lucky enough to stay active throughout my life with only a few health set backs. I took up bouldering at age 51, and I’m just crazy about it! It’s a full body workout, with serious mental challenges and problem solving to boot. I don’t intend to stop trying new things or challenging myself until my body calls it quits! Nerd on, Brothers and Sisters!!

  • Ali Smith

    I forwarded this article to my parents and my Dad suggested I share the following: My Mum and Dad are 65 & 66 years old this year. Eight weeks ago they agreed to join me in my first attempt at a 5Km run (on August 6th) and began their own ‘slow but steady’ training for it. So far, Mum’s reduced her weight by 6.2Kg and Dad by 6.8Kg. They’re running for around eight minutes (i.e. run 60 seconds, walk 90 seconds) three times a week and fitting in two visits to a gym.

  • Rosa

    From Rosa – I am 60 years old and lost 5% body fat in one year by “Walking to Mordor” and eating a good lunch every day. I picked one exercise I could do and one eating plan I could do. I would *love* to try some weight training so thanks for the reminder of “20 seconds of courage.”

  • Scott K

    Steven, I really hope you keep up that positive attitude. For me (age 38) it’s very apparent which friends of mine from high school have kept themselves in shape and which ones have not (including me!) It’s amazing how an in-shape 50 or 60 year old can pass for being 40, and it works the other way around too. If I was talking to me at your age, I would say “put your health at the top of your priority list. Above college, above work, above all else. Don’t let life or anything else get in the way of taking care of yourself.” Best of luck to you and whatever you decide to do!

  • Super inspiring

  • Super inspiring

  • Tracee Lambrecht

    I have always had an issue with age. And I am turning the big 4-0 next week. While I always thought I would be hiding under the covers weeping at the impending date, I find that my mindset has changed. Thank you Nerd Fitness. I see (realistically) where I am at. I know I can do better. I know it is not too late. 40 is the new 30 right?

  • This is so awesome! Listen folks, it is NEVER too late or you’re NEVER too old to get in shape.

  • That really helps a lot, thanks Scott!

  • Letsia Samuel Motlhakane

    I think you guys have a great site and information too I like the way you guys explain everything and the advice you offer to your readers about keeping in shape, I think im personally going to try one of them so i can keep up with current events on health .

  • Letsia Samuel Motlhakane

    I think you guys have a great site and information too I like the way you guys explain everything and the advice you offer to your readers about keeping in shape, I think im personally going to try one of them so i can keep up with current events on health .

  • Eric Young

    I’m 43. I run a page called herofit and it’s fitness nerd things mixed with fitness. I come from a big family and just decided to change at 39. I lost about 70 pounds with a workout and plan that was great for me as I’m a full time business manager full time pastor and full time dad and husband. Nerd fitness was shared with me long ago and fits so well with what I do I love it.

    I have wanted to read your book so I can review it for my peeps. I had surgery and slid back but this time around I am being trained by a former wwe professional wrestler so it doesn’t take as long. Lol.

    Great article, great everything man.

  • preston48

    I love this stuff! You are never to old to get into shape, in fact the older you get the more vital working out and nutrition gets. I actually started training my mother she is finally losing weight for the first time and I am pumped for her.

    Thanks for making this post.

    Personal trainer as http://krushfitness.net

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  • Eric

    This post definitely hit home for me. I always played sports through school and coached high school baseball for several years, but never took exercising seriously. My wife is an avid runner, and when I was 29 she convinced me to start running with her. I started out slowly like you’re supposed to, but my competitive nature quickly took over. In a span of 3 months I went from never running, to running 6-10 miles per session and hitting 28 miles per week. My time started at around 11 minutes per mile and dropped to 8 in that span. Unfortunately, I was “competing” against someone who ran XC, new how to stretch and train, what shoes to wear, and had been doing it for 15 years. I didn’t know any of this (or listen), and 3 years later I’m still paying the price- a knee surgery, plantar fasciitis in both feet (and a PF surgery), and unrelated elbow tendonitis due to throwing in upwards of 1000 pitches a week in HS batting practice.
    All of those issues, compounded by the knowledge that at 32 I have to work even harder to lose weight than I did just a few years ago, makes it very tough to be motivated (or able) to work out regularly. I drag myself to the gym a few times a week and slug my way through 30 minutes on the elliptical, but it doesn’t produce the same high that running 10 miles on a trail did. I also haven’t lifted in months because of the tendonitis.
    As much as I hate routines, I think that’s probably what I need the most to get back into shape. Instead of dragging myself to the gym a few days a week, I need to go on MWFS. Having a routine will help, and I really just need to get over the hump in my head- baby steps, and work up from there. And at 32, I think this post was the slap on the back of the head I needed. Thanks!

  • Bob Bailey

    I am 85, and still try to be very active. My wife and I live in an apartment complex and twice a week I run up 60 steps, plus 3 U Turns on the stairwell, and do it in 23 seconds. Not bad for an old man. blessings, bob

  • spankee

    You are never too old. I didnt set foot into a gym til I was 44 years old to lose weight. had always been thin most my life. I then lost the weight and got certified to train others. Almost 53 and still working out and training others. Its a lifestyle, and I love it.

  • patgo

    I am 72 years old, and my hobby is bird photography, which often means hiking. I can hike up to 5 miles in a single afternoon. A few years ago (in my late 60’s), I earned a second degree black belt in taekwondo. My role model is a woman who earned a fifth degree black belt when she was in her 70’s, and even though I had to stop for awhile for health reasons, I hope to get back to it. This woman’s daughter earned a sixth degree black belt, even though she has to use a wheelchair. I am now helping a close family member recover from a stroke. He started off not even being able to lift his head more than an inch off the bed, but currently he can walk 1/10 of a mile. One of these days, he will go birdwatching with me, and hike right with me. Mark my words. I also did weightlifting for awhile, and I could bench 100 pounds, and leg press 225 pounds, as well as lift 229 pounds with my lower back. These are exercises where you push with a body part, and it measures the weight. But the gym became too expensive and time-consuming, and now I use the muscles I developed to help my loved one, even to the point of rescuing him from falling to the ground, lifting his entire body and placing him in the wheelchair. I have no idea how I found this web site; it just showed up when I was working my way through my tabs. I wouldn’t say I’m one of you, but I certainly have the same mindset.

  • patgo

    I should tell you the other side of this, because it is vitally important. I take NO drugs of any kind, not pharmaceuticals, not street drugs, not marijuana, I don’t smoke and never have, I do not use cosmetics and use household chemicals very sparingly. I do not eat genetically modified foods, artificial sweeteners, monosodium glutamate, chemicals in my food, etc. and eat organic as much as I can. All of these things that I do not do will harm your body and make it much more difficult to become fit. I use only herbs and supplements for health. I have seen the damage pharmaceutical drugs cause, especially the popular ones, and it’s horrendous. One day a few months ago, I was sitting in a canyon resting and a young couple came up to me and said my skin looks wonderful. They said they had seen young women whose skin looks like leather. I have a pretty good tan. I said I never use sunscreen, and listed the other things I do not do, and said that is my secret. I have almost no wrinkles. My skin does have a nice texture. So if you want the energy to be or become fit, avoid all poisons.

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  • Dani S

    I want to know if exercises can be modified for an injured knee (had surgery and still having issues) and other joint issues.

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  • reluctantexan

    I’m in my 73rd year on the planet. I eat LCHF + IF.
    Had gotten very out of shape, so 3 years ago I bought a Fitbit and (at first) forced myself to walk before dawn every morning. I’ve logged millions of steps since then and now would never think of NOT walking every day before the sun comes up.
    Not quite sure how to progress because by my age many small muscle tasks have deteriorated. Who would have thought that jumping would ever be scary?
    Since I’m always looking for ways to trick myself into better condition, I’m happy to have found this website and I’m studying what you have to say. Seems right on point to me, and I congratulate you. It’s highly possible that I will soon join your ranks.
    Thanks for this.

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  • Tony Langdon

    An update: It’s now almost 2 1/2 years into my sprint journey, and I’m now 49. In that time, I’ve achieved a number of successes:

    Winning all 3 sprints (100, 200 and 400m) at the 2017 Victorian Police and Emergency Services Games, and only 0.42 seconds off the record for my age group in the 100.

    Bronze in the 60m at the 2017 Victorian Masters championships, among others.

    And as for that event that made me level up, we got 5th at this year’s state championships, and for the weekend, third in aggregate points in our class. Our time was a little over 24 seconds, and I was in position in plenty of time. 2 years earlier, I would have not even made it to the top of the ladder in that time. And another twist, 3 weeks earlier, I also ran in our #1 team, 2 divisions higher. Even at this higher level, I was still competitive, being a key part of 2 wins (one even a record!) and a second place, at least.

    This year, we’re fielding only one team, in the higher division, so my work is cut out for me. 🙂

    Oh, and I just laugh when someone comes up and says “I’m too old for this…”. I am now the oldest in the team… and one of the fastest! – 🙂

  • Ben Tenther

    I’m 44, and I believe there’s a way. I just haven’t found it. Since my late 30s, I’ve seen depressing posts from people in their 40s and up lamenting how they went from working hard decades ago to get stronger and faster to working hard in desperation to avoid losing what they gained in their younger years. I never had it. I hear commercials asking, “Do you want to get back the body you had in your 20s?” I’ve gotten to a point where I’m screaming at the top of my lungs at the tv or radio, “NO!!! I WANT THE BODY I NEVER HAD!!!”

    I’ve tried training myself, and I’ve either gotten no results or injured myself. I had my stepson, who’s in great shape, try once…ONCE! I couldn’t move the next day, and it took a week for there to be no pain when I moved. I may be wrong, but I think having some mobility back 2 days after a workout is important in order to be able to continue it. I need something. I went from underweight for most of my life to a skinny-fat body type. Skinny legs, skinny arms, beer gut, moobs. I need a trainer who understands the beginner 40 something body and is not going to do more harm than good.

  • JoyRen

    Scott, reading your post, let’s me know I am not alone. Thank you so much for sharing. God bless.

  • JoyRen

    Hello, I’ve been reading the previous comments and I can truly relate to most all of them.
    I will be 70 in Dec., and I’m still taking care of others. My mother before her passing, my sister before her passing. My oldest and her 24 year old daughter live with me and I babysit 5 and 6 yr old youngest Grande dice days a week.
    Just found out my chol. is way too high, stress level is way too high and I’m hypothroidism, and, we don’t even want to mention the huge weight gain.
    I use to walk all the time, especially before retiring. I even walked a full marathon, coming in last, but, I finished. I need to feel important again and get more energy to get off my behind.
    Coming across this website may help me feel that it’s not too late.
    Thank you

  • James Thomas

    That’s great” so how are you doing now