Over 40 you can keep getting fitter and stronger when you counteract what is happening with our body as we age. Below is Part 1 of my recipe for being the best athlete you can be over the age of 40.
The primary focus of the anti-aging medical community these days is the steady and continuous decline of energy-producing potential in our cells. This is even more important for athletes looking to maintain their training as they age.
The best correlation between age and energy they have found is the decline of NAD+ levels (a key energy precursor) that steadily declines during aging. By the time we are middle-aged, our levels of NAD+ have fallen to half of youthful levels.
What if we can use NAD+ supplements to get back some of this decline?
Will additional NAD+ help us keep training and be as fit as we can be?
In my experience, the answer to both appears to be YES.
In my own usage of NAD supplements, I have noticed a measurable ability to train longer and maintain higher training levels week to week without burning out.
The impact is subtle, you are not going to take a NAD supplement and then be jumping out of bed the next day. But after making NAD supplementation a part of my daily routine, I’ve noticed that I can keep my training levels much higher day to day and week to week.
I’ll admit I haven’t always kept up my NAD supplementation and this weekend I looked back at my training in Apple Health and my Whoop and whenever I’ve stopped my supplementation my training is inconsistent. I’ll have one good day of training, and then 2 or 3 days where I didn’t really get the training done that I wanted. When I’m on a daily routine of NAD supplementation I see that I consistently put in 4 or 5 really good workouts per week.
I realize this by no means a scientific study, but it has convinced me that daily NAD supplementation is a key for my ability to keep training at my optimal (and desired) level over the age of 40.
I’ve noticed with our athletes over 40 and into their 60s have the ability to train incredibly hard. They have the power and endurance to keep up with their much younger self, but they pay the price afterward as their ability to recover has declined with age.
How to Recover over the age of 40 is part two of the series of how to keep training hard over the age of 40. In case you missed Part 1 on how to boost your cellular energies levels
As I’ve aged I notice that when I put in a hard training day, and for me, I define that as over 1500 calories, a Whoop strain above 17, or a TSS score above 150, that it if I don’t have a regimented recovery routine, it is harder and harder to put out that same effort again the next day.
There are lots of pieces that go into a recovery routine and I’ll give you a really simple plan to follow below. In my experience, the biggest issue with recovery as you age is excessive inflammation after a hard workout.
I won’t go too deep into the science as it can get confusing as some inflammation post-workout is good, but as we get older this often turns into excessive inflammation. It is controlling this excessive inflammation that is the key to unlocking your recovery as you age.
Here is how each step works and a few bonus pro tips I have found really enhance the protocol:1. Make sure you rehydrate
The first thing you need to do is rehydrate, you know this is important when it is hot outside, but most athletes don’t realize that it is even more important after indoor workouts. I keep a few 32 oz Camelbak bottles ready to go for this purpose and use low-calorie hydration like Nuun, Liquid IV (great flavors), or my favorite SOS Hydration (which is a bit higher sodium, which I like). Ideally, you would sip this over the next 2 to 3 hours.
Pro Tip on Indoor Training: If I’m really in a bad way after an indoor workout, I add in a packet of Quintessential Hypertonic Elixir with is packed with minerals and trace elements harvested from seawater. My wife can push it a bit too hard on the Peloton and she is a big fan of Quintessential post-workout.
2. Control excessive inflammation
What we’ve learned is that a great recovery drink does way more than just refuel you. In fact, to truly maximize recovery after a hard effort, you need to control inflammation.
The problem with most recovery products on the market is that they are basically a gut-bomb stuffed with carbs and protein and nothing else. Sure, they refuel you, but they’re missing the bigger opportunity to help control and reduce excessive inflammation.
I used to take a bunch of supplements like Turmeric, Bee Propolis, Quercetin, and Vitamin D post-workout, but Swiss RX has spared no expense to put it all together in what I feel is the ultimate post-workout recovery shake. It is focused on reducing excessive inflammation, including within your gut, and boosting your immune system so you don’t have an overreactive immune response.
Swiss RX Total Recovery has a moderate amount of carbs at 13g (which I prefer) and 19g of protein from organic brown rice (in my experience this is much less inflammatory than dairy-derived proteins like whey). It’s organic, non-GMO, and vegetarian. I like to supercharge it with a scoop of Swiss RX Collagen for its additional anti-inflammatory benefits and help with soft-tissue repair.
3. Get your Omega-3s
I’m guilty of skipping over my Omega-3 pills as I really hate the taste of anything fishy. But now that I’ve found a few Omega-3 options that are don’t cause any fishy taste, I’m back on a daily Omega-3 routine and I’m not going to go off of it again. I notice that small aches and joint pains are reduced, my recovery is consistently better, and I even feel my mood is more balanced.
Even if you hate taking pills, this is a pretty easy routine to follow with only 1 to 2 Gel Caps per day at breakfast.
Go hard and recover faster💨!
Use code “BREAKAWAY 5” to get 5% off your purchases at thefeed
Article written by: Matt – The Feed.
Kindly shared by our affiliates Breakaway Triathlon