Last month was my birthday month so I thought I’d do an update on a previous blog post on not letting your age interfere with your exercise. Another year into my 30’s and gone are the days when I could recklessly push through my limits day in and day out. Now, pushing past my limits during todays workout will result in injuries and soreness tomorrow. This is because your levels of the muscle building hormone, testosterone, and growth hormone, are at their peak between the ages of 19 and 30, which made recovery quicker and muscle soreness less debilitating. How I miss those days. I certainly didn’t appreciate it at the time.
I’ve had to become more clever with the way I train so that I don’t lose days to injury, soreness, or exhaustion. Who would have guessed I’d take up yoga! Today, few of my workouts are as intense as they used to be, but by training correctly, my exercise routine is equally if not more effective than it has ever been. You’re better off training at 80% intensity 100% of the time, that 100% intensity 80% of the time.
Of course my priorities have changed too. Come your mid 30s the ability to run a 10k in under 40 minutes or bench press 100+ kg’s is less important than your ability to keep pace at the playground. With kids to chase after for the foreseeable future, keeping myself in above average physical condition now could be the best health investment I’ll ever make. There is so much evidence that if you keep physically active, you don’t experience some of the difficulties associated with ageing.
All is not yet lost. Just because its topical and breaking all movie records, I though I’d take a look at the ages of earths mightiest heroes, the Avengers. Their ages are listed below. I’m younger than most, and well below the average. There is hope for me yet. Stay active, train safe, save the world.
Don Cheadle (War Machine) – 54
Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) – 54
Mark Ruffalo (Hulk) – 51
Dave Bautista (Drax) – 50
Paul Bettany (Vision) – 48
Benedict Wong (Wong) – 48
Benedict Cumberbatch (Dr. Strange) – 42
Chadwick Boseman (Black Panther) – 41
Danai Gurira (Okoye) – 41
Zoe Saldana (Gamora) – 40
Anthony Mackie (Falcon) – 40
Chris Pratt (Starlord) – 39
Chris Evans (Captain America) – 38
Sebastian Stan (Winter Soldier) – 36
Chris Hemsworth (Thor) – 35
Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) – 34
Pom Klementieff (Mantis) – 33
Karen Gillan (Nebula) – 31
Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch) – 30
Letitia Wright (Shuri) – 25
Tom Holland (Spider-man) – 23