I am 56 years old and compete in natural bodybuilding competitions where athletes are drug-free. Even in your fifties, you can re-build your body to how it was in your twenties through eating healthily and exercising properly. If I can do it, so can you.
We all have different metabolisms and what works for me may not work for you. I have a slow metabolism which means that my body stores fat easily. If you have a different metabolism to me you will have to modify what I do. I stress that what works for me may not work for you.
I have found that there are three things of prime importance:
- what you put into your mouth;
- doing exercises correctly; and
- there are no shortcuts.
Before you start on the journey, if you have not been physically active for a while commonsense tells us to have a medical just in case.
You need to have an achievable goal with a realistic timeline. Even if you just note the weight you would like to be in 12 weeks time on a calendar. If you have a goal, you will subconsciously be striving to achieve it and with a bit of will power you will succeed.
The best thing about being on a diet and exercise regime is if you fall off the wagon, you can always start again next day. I have done this many times. This is a powerful mental tool I use to maintain my motivation.
The older bodybuilder inevitably will have injuries which will restrict the range of exercises they are able to perform. In my case, I have a bad shoulder and a very bad knee. Yet I am able to do specific exercises to target individual muscles to such an extent that I can compete in international body building competitions. If I can do it, so can you.