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Re: Preferred Exercises or Fitness Activities the Forum engages in
« Reply #75 on: October 01, 2022, 10:24:43 AM »
I'm in my early 40s. I'm not overweight (never have been), have no chronic conditions, am not on medication for anything, don't take over the counter painkillers for some chronic injury, my knees and lower back are pain-free.

This apparently makes me a marvel compared to most people my age and even younger, who are already physically broken. How they're going to cope in old age, I don't know.
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Re: Preferred Exercises or Fitness Activities the Forum engages in
« Reply #76 on: October 02, 2022, 06:55:08 AM »
I'm in my early 40s. I'm not overweight (never have been), have no chronic conditions, am not on medication for anything, don't take over the counter painkillers for some chronic injury, my knees and lower back are pain-free.

This apparently makes me a marvel compared to most people my age and even younger, who are already physically broken. How they're going to cope in old age, I don't know.

  Pretty easy answer, squat rack now or suffer later.

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Re: Preferred Exercises or Fitness Activities the Forum engages in
« Reply #77 on: November 06, 2022, 04:12:02 AM »
My lifting routine is extremely simple, and not a whole lot of volume (I never do more than 9 work sets in the gym on a training day, and there are only 3 training days a week).  Based around a few exercises Barbell Squats, Bench press (this is a recent change from doing inclines, I started with inclines to control the stress on my recovering torn pectoral), Standing press, Dead lift, Power Clean, and chin ups. 

  I have not returned to where I was in my late 20's, but I feel much better overall and my progress has been almost linear for months now as I recover lost strength.  I plan to start back more vigorous martial arts training again (for the past few months I did no kick boxing or grappling to allow my strength training to have all of my body's recovery cycle as I push that a bit) after the new year and my linear progress has leveled off and I modify my lifting around such training. 

   I always think whatever exercise people enjoy is the best exercise (mainly because the ones you enjoy you will do consistently) but as I age I do see a much bigger value in strength training for people getting older (40+) that I certainly did not consider when younger.  So you older folks out there not doing the barbell exercises....do yourself a favor and find someone to teach you what to do to prevent injury and give it a try.   Even 6 months worth of dedicated effort can give you some life changing benefits at advanced age.

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Re: Preferred Exercises or Fitness Activities the Forum engages in
« Reply #78 on: November 06, 2022, 03:31:12 PM »
Rock climbing and biking are probably my favorite. Otherwise I prefer free weights or just hard work. Seriously nothing is better for getting in shape than manual labor.
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Re: Preferred Exercises or Fitness Activities the Forum engages in
« Reply #79 on: November 06, 2022, 03:35:09 PM »
My lifting routine is extremely simple, and not a whole lot of volume (I never do more than 9 work sets in the gym on a training day, and there are only 3 training days a week).  Based around a few exercises Barbell Squats, Bench press (this is a recent change from doing inclines, I started with inclines to control the stress on my recovering torn pectoral), Standing press, Dead lift, Power Clean, and chin ups. 

  I have not returned to where I was in my late 20's, but I feel much better overall and my progress has been almost linear for months now as I recover lost strength.  I plan to start back more vigorous martial arts training again (for the past few months I did no kick boxing or grappling to allow my strength training to have all of my body's recovery cycle as I push that a bit) after the new year and my linear progress has leveled off and I modify my lifting around such training. 

   I always think whatever exercise people enjoy is the best exercise (mainly because the ones you enjoy you will do consistently) but as I age I do see a much bigger value in strength training for people getting older (40+) that I certainly did not consider when younger.  So you older folks out there not doing the barbell exercises....do yourself a favor and find someone to teach you what to do to prevent injury and give it a try.   Even 6 months worth of dedicated effort can give you some life changing benefits at advanced age.

50+ here, Can confirm.

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Re: Preferred Exercises or Fitness Activities the Forum engages in
« Reply #80 on: November 07, 2022, 01:18:49 AM »
There are a couple of fun ones I follow on IG. One bloke takes his deadlift bar out to somewhere in the wild and deadlifts away.

https://www.instagram.com/discoverydeadlift/

and there's a woman who believes in simply making movement part of your day, building your house to encourage it, etc.

https://www.instagram.com/nutritiousmovement/

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Re: Preferred Exercises or Fitness Activities the Forum engages in
« Reply #81 on: November 07, 2022, 05:44:48 AM »
Hey Kyle, or anybody with a sound suggestions.

I'm still working at the chemical plant, but on long product runs I'm not turning heavy valves as often as I thought I would and am stuck at a monitoring station watching a computer screen. I'd like to get back into a healthy shape but don't know what exercises I should incorporate in my daily work routine. We have lots of stairs and ladders that I can climb, but the floors are pre-stressed concrete and I have to wear safety shoes while at work. Any helpful suggestions would be appreciated.
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Re: Preferred Exercises or Fitness Activities the Forum engages in
« Reply #82 on: November 07, 2022, 01:06:02 PM »
Hey Kyle, or anybody with a sound suggestions.

I'm still working at the chemical plant, but on long product runs I'm not turning heavy valves as often as I thought I would and am stuck at a monitoring station watching a computer screen. I'd like to get back into a healthy shape but don't know what exercises I should incorporate in my daily work routine. We have lots of stairs and ladders that I can climb, but the floors are pre-stressed concrete and I have to wear safety shoes while at work. Any helpful suggestions would be appreciated.

I'd start with bodyweight exercises. You can do pushups & squats pretty easily anywhere with no equipment. If you've got anything secure overhead (e.g. ladders) you might be able to do some hanging / pullup exercises as well. A sturdy chair or bench is good for step-up exercises or dips.

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Re: Preferred Exercises or Fitness Activities the Forum engages in
« Reply #83 on: November 08, 2022, 05:08:47 AM »
Hey Kyle, or anybody with a sound suggestions.

I'm still working at the chemical plant, but on long product runs I'm not turning heavy valves as often as I thought I would and am stuck at a monitoring station watching a computer screen. I'd like to get back into a healthy shape but don't know what exercises I should incorporate in my daily work routine. We have lots of stairs and ladders that I can climb, but the floors are pre-stressed concrete and I have to wear safety shoes while at work. Any helpful suggestions would be appreciated.

  My best advice would be to exercise at a gym with supervision.  I say this because the sort that would be the most impactful for you at this point is going to be strength training with a load.  I do think as Zelen suggested the BW exercises are great too, because you can do them and get them done in just minutes.   I suggest going right to overload strength training in a more formal environment for two reasons, when you show up to train that is your only goal and it gets done, two is that you will feel a MUCH bigger difference in overall body function and competence with a small amount of strength training that will probably lead to better energy, mobility, and motivation and you will find yourself making the time to do other physical activities like walking, hiking, biking, etc outside of work.    If my estimate on age is correct you only need 2 days of getting it in to reap great benefits that will spread to everything else you do physically. 

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Re: Preferred Exercises or Fitness Activities the Forum engages in
« Reply #84 on: November 08, 2022, 08:17:33 PM »
I'm with ogg on this. 2 days a week strength training is fine for just about everyone, daily walk for cardiovascular health. You tend to see advice for 3 days a week, and though it's 50% more time it's not 50% better results, more like 20-30% in under-50s, no difference for over-50s (slower recovery, so if they do 3pw they have to go easier, net result same as 2pw hard). The reason the 3pw is advised anyway is because everyone will miss some sessions for whatever reason, if you miss 1 of 3pw it's no problem, if you miss 1 of 2pw then it's a week between sessions, things feel hard, pretty soon you miss that second one, too, and eventually bail. But if you can do 2pw regularly, all good.

It works. Curtis is in IT, in his 40s, an online gamer, and lifts 3pw pretty steadily, just squatted 150kg for some triples. Makes his life better.
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