The best health advice from professional athletes who kept playing into their 40’s.
After forty, we start to experience a degenerative muscle loss called sarcopenia, which can affect strength and mobility. Luckily with proper nutrition, the right supplements, and daily physical activity, you can be dominating whatever sport you choose, no matter your age!
We’re highlighting six unstoppable athletes and their best tips to help you stay at the top of your game.
Editor’s note: Since we wrote this blog, we’ve had word that Tiger was involved in a serious car accident. Our thoughts and well-wishes are with him at this time for a speedy recovery.
At 45, Tiger Woods is at the top of his game. With a recent win at the 2020 PGA Tour event at the Zozo Championship in Japan, Woods doesn’t look to be slowing down any time soon. He has an incredible career behind him and a bright future ahead of him!
To stay healthy, Tiger puts enormous importance on getting enough sleep! He is said to go to bed at 7 pm every night! Researchers say that sleep is an essential factor in overall health as it is your body’s time to rest and recharge.
A twenty-year veteran of the NFL, Brett Favre (now 51), retired from football in 2010 at the impressive age of 41. His career as a quarterback boasted many awards and even a Superbowl win!
Nicknamed the “Iron Man” for a reason— Favre prioritizes intense workouts every single day. There are no off-seasons for this powerhouse; he worked daily with a trainer while playing and continues to do so following retirement.
At 41, Dara Torres was the oldest female swimmer to receive a place on the American Olympic team for the 2008 Olympics (of which she won 3 silver medals). A twelve-time medalist, Dara showed the world age is just a number and that athletes can be successful into their forties!
One of Torres’s favourite fitness tips is to have a pet. She has been quoted saying that her dog has been her greatest fitness companion; taking them outside to run or play frisbee is a great workout.
Ten years after his 1977 retirement, he came back to win the unified WBA, IBF, and lineal heavyweight championship titles at age 45.
He won hearts as a beloved athlete and enjoyed substantial success as an entrepreneur with the George Foreman Grill.
When asked how he consistently remains at the top of his game, he has been quoted as saying, “I work out all the time. It’s a way of life for me. My life is built around exercise. Sometimes I’m up at two or three in the morning, exercising.”
Yūichirō Miura became the oldest person to summit Mount Everest at 70 years old in 2003, later breaking his record again at age 80, making it to the top (though unable to walk back down again). He was also the first person to ski Mount Everest, descending nearly 4200 vertical feet!
Part of Japan’s Old Men of the Mount, a group of elderly Japanese folks who are still climbing Mount Everest and believe in living life to the fullest, Miura’s diet consists mainly of fish and vegetables. His diet, combined with his desire to be “one with the mountains.” shows us that actively connecting with nature can help keep you younger, longer.
At 44 years old and a recent winner of the Superbowl, Tom Brady is considered one of the most successful athletes in the world of ANY age! He continues to be an asset to his team and win big! He was quoted as saying that he has more energy now than he did in his early 20’s because of a simple tip: his daily hydration regimen.
He says to “shoot for half your body weight in fluid ounces of water and enhance the absorption of that water by adding electrolytes.
The right combination of diet, exercise, and supportive supplements, can help you win medals and scale Everest if you choose. Of course, if a daily jog and some yoga is more your style, don’t worry; whatever you enjoy doing that keeps you moving will work just fine!
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