I spent a large portion of my adult life being a gym rat. Pounding the iron on the journey to size and strength. Back when I started out there was no internet so the main source of information was Muscle and Fitness magazine and looking for the biggest guy in the gym and doing whatever he did.
Not realizing that he was probably juicing (And I don’t mean some fruit and vegetable cocktail). As a result, I pounded as much weight as I could as often as possible. The result was I got bigger and stronger but at a price. Injuries that I ignored, didn’t let heal properly, or get treated came back to haunt me as I got older.
These injuries really started showing their color as I entered my 50’s resulting in a few surgeries, arthritis, and chronic joint pain. But I kept pushing looking for the old glory until I had my first back surgery at 54. Even after that I only slightly modified my activities. The results were predictable.
So as I’m awaiting a date for another back surgery I’ll offer a little reflective guidance for the over 50 Agents and security providers out there. I base the following on my experience and yours may be different. As we get older we need to re-evaluate our fitness goals to encompass long-term fitness. What do we need to do to be at the top of our professional game and personally?