I have mulled this over for a week for many reasons. 1. I had to stop laughing. 2. I had to calm myself down so I didn’t blast this beotch. 3. I was dizzy from shaking my head so much. 4. I had to find a non-sarcastic way to put into words my thoughts and opinions on this article. By the way, I totally failed on #4.
What I am probably most baffled about is that this “expert” article was posted on my main news page - like it’s some legitimate expert opinion. So, people are going to read it. Unknowing people are going to listen to the “expert” who says: THESE ARE THE MOST DANGEROUS EXERCISES IF YOU’RE OVER 50!
Here’s what she says (with some of my not sarcastic commentary):
Crunches – do planks instead: The more you age, the more you lose mobility in your spine, so the curling motion of a crunch will put stress on your neck and back — and can cause some serious issues like pinched nerves and muscle pain. How is she do crunches? Not properly, that’s for damn sure.
Deadlifts – just don’t: This exercise delivers double-trouble to the older set — it can cause serious back pain, and using subpar form is common enough that it’s only a matter of when you will tweak your back doing deadlifts. Apparently, if you’re under 50, that’s not going to happen.
HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training): it isn’t for everyone, especially once you’re over the hill (those were HER words, not mine). Her alternative: low-impact regimen with lots of water.
Leg Press: You will really screw up your spine (again). Consider doing low impact lunges. Gentle now – can’t hurt those brittle bones.
Running Stairs--?????: Just that it’s a hazard in your 50’s. No real reason why other than you’re old and unstable and will fall. Just don’t. What you CAN do? Try the stationary stair climber at the gym. Better make sure to hang onto those handles you clutz.
Bikram Yoga?? WTF? Again – you’ll get dehydrated and faint.
Bench Press: Your poor brittle bones and joints will just fall apart. It's a wonder we can even get out of bed every day.
Lateral pulldowns: You’ll damage your neck and rotator cuffs? Where is she getting this stuff?
Long Distance running: Your aerobic capacity declines after 50. It does?
Again with the high intensity aerobics! Not even going to go into an explanation again as to why she says we shouldn’t do it. Basically, you’ll lose your balance and hurt yourself – you ancient invalid.
Mountain Climbers: Her answer – Just plank – make sure you don’t sweat. Because if you sweat . . .you’ll faint.
Overhead press: Your muscles shrink (I would just LOVE to see her sources and research behind this!)
Squats with weights: Don’t use weights. Because – frail, fragile, brittle, old.
Trunk twists – good lord – I just can’t even explain her reasoning anymore.
Boxing – because – well, you know, that whole high intensity thing again for us codgers over 50.
Apparently, this lady has never seen the sheer volume of athletes and competitors over 50 (some who even start AFTER they turn 50 - Ernestine Shepherd to name just one).
What she doesn't address one time is that weight training, HIIT and exercise IMPROVE bone density, mobility, and agility.
Well. That’s it guys. Hang it up. You’re old. Might as well go take a gentle walk down the block (as long as you don’t do it briskly or too far and it’s not hot out).
As for me, I’d like to squat her, deadlift her, bench press her and then invite her to my HIIT Hop class.
Just Me Rambling
Middle-aged woman who can't twerk: mother, step-mom, wife, grandmother - who happens to like to lift.