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My Big “A-ha” Moment!

When I turned 40 years old, I still had the mindset, or I’ve never thought of myself as something different, as when I was 25 years old, especially at the gym.

Then, when I hit the 45 year old mark, something struck me.  I no longer wanted to spend 2+ hours a day at the gym.  I didn’t have time every day to “hang” with my workout buddies.  I didn’t want to do the same things I did when I was 25 years old.

WinkThat’s when it really hit me, if I wasn’t in the same place, life wise, now as I was when I was 25, why in the world would I want to do the same “stuff” I did when I was 25? 

Now, let me ask you: If you’re working out, are you doing the same workouts as 20 years ago?  Are you eating the same foods?  Heck, maybe you’re on some sort of medication from the doctor.   Maybe you’re not doing ANY kind of workout now.

The whole point is, your life has changed quite a bit in the last 25 years.  If just about every other part of your life has changed, do you think that maybe…..just maybe…..your health and fitness habits have changed as well?

If you haven’t had the “aha” moment yet, you will soon.  And when you do, you’ll understand EXACTLY what I’m talking about.

Matter of fact, I actually put together a free video course outlining a few things about getting older and all this health and fitness stuff.   Our mindset and attitude towards health and fitness may be completely different now, and I’m here to help walk you through it.

Heck, maybe you’ve never thought about living a fitter and healthier lifestyle, but you should.  Age has a way of creeping up on us and, if we’re not prepared for it, the next thing you know you’ll 40lbs over weight, you won’t have the energy you once did and don’t know what to do about it.

Let me help you with that.  Go to www.TopFitnessStrategies.com/fit , watch the video and let’s do it together!    

Workout To Achieve D.O.M.S.!!!!

For the people that have never worked out and decided to start, they don't know what they are in for!  But, I will give some indication as to what to be ready for.

The main thing one has to realize is that when you start working out after a lay off (or maybe just have never started to begin with), you use muscles in a way you probably don't do every day.  When this happens, the muscles say "hey, what in the world just happened?  I'm not used to doing that movement.  Guess I'll have to start adapting." 

Yes, you'll feel tired when you're doing with the workout, but the real "soreness" may not happen for a day or two after you do the workout.  This "soreness" is commonly referred to as "DOMS", which stands for: Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness.  If you've experienced this, you'll know that it's a good soreness, as I like to call it.  This is what you WANT to feel after a workout.

I call it a giggly-pain soreness.  It's the type of pain you laugh at, like the day after doing squats your leg muscles are sore when you try to get up from a seating position and you giggle about it.   It's not the ouch-pain that's just an outright sharp pain.  If you've experienced it, you'll know the difference.

Once a new person experiences this feeling, they don't like it (because it's so different) and therefore, they may feel they did something wrong with the exercise and decided to stop working out. 

My advice is to NOT STOP working out!  The DOMS are what you WANT to feel!  Now, just so you know, one thing you do NOT want to do is STOP WORKING OUT!  Oh sure, you may want to wait a couple of days to repeat that particular exercise or series of exercises, but please do NOT STOP WORKING OUT!  Do something different, a totally different body part for your next workout, but keep moving forward!

Your goal, as a new workout person, is to achieve this DOMS feeling with every workout.  No I'm not crazy, I'm just telling you like it is.  I personally like it what I get DOMS, it tells me I'm doing something right for my body.

Once you experience it, you may not like it the first time, but once you understand that DOMS are from accomplishing something, you'll be looking forward to them! 

Now, go out there and work for those DOMS!

4 Mistakes People Over 45 Make When Starting to Work Out

The older we get, the more we must do to get our bodies in working order. Let's face it, some of us are starting to take medication, some of us don't have the time to take care of our bodies the right way, some of us just don't feel like getting back in shape. Whether that's you or not, realize that time affects you the same as it does everyone else. BUT, you can take back control and, even though you can't stop time, use it to benefit you, your body and your life.

Is it easy? Nope. No one ever said it was. But not making mistakes will make the whole process easier. So, here are 4 of the most common mistakes people over 45 make when they start working out.

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      1.Do What They Did In High School.

For a lot of people, the only reference of being in shape they can personally think of is when they played sports in high school. So, it goes without saying they assume that's the way they should always workout. The issue now is, and sometimes it's a tough pill to swallow, it's been a LONG time since High School! A lot has changed, specifically in their body! They probably aren't as skinny; They probably don't run as fast; They probably have a couple of more creaks when they get out of bed in the morning. So, doing what they did all those years ago just doesn't make sense. A new plan has to put in place.

         2.Think Cardio Is Best Thing To Do.

Even though it's been written about extensively all over the place, people over 45 years old think the best thing they can do to get in shape is some sort of cardio: ie, Treadmill, Elliptical Machine,