Despite its paramount importance, in one way fitness is just like any other pursuit in our modern world. There’s a lot of “stuff” you may need acquire (and “toys” you want to).
You can spend a lot here. Think: multi-thousand-dollar bike…expensive home-gym equipment…membership at high-end gyms or studios…personal trainer…performance nutrition products. And depending on your situation, man, these things may well be worth it…much more so than other areas of discretionary spending in your life.
But a small number of things – not that expensive – will go a long way to setting you up with what you really need. Things you’ll use every week, and which do their job very well for a modest cost. A growing list of these things (products, as well as “services” like gyms, studios and online fitness programs) are featured on OlderBeast’s Recommended Products page.
Here are nine of my favorites – things I SWEAR by, and which will be great for most guys.
Part One of this series said 40+ guys should take valuable cues from women to refine their fitness-and-health approach for the decades ahead.
1. Don’t let competitiveness become counterproductive to fitness
2. Focus more on total-body fitness
3. Seek out help and support more
4. Take nutrition more seriously
I have no intent to perpetuate stereotypes. But these patterns do fit with how many people assume women behave compared to men. So yeah, I’ll admit it in this language: Part One suggested we learn from attitudes and behaviors some might describe as “womanly.”
However you describe them, they have real benefits for lifelong fitness, health and wellness.
If anything, this Part Two makes a more cage-rattling point. Some women in the OlderBeast phase of life are “manning up” to fearlessly embrace age and double down on fitness — on “historically-male” fitness turf — more than many guys are.
To the extent epiphanies come to me in life, they often happen while I’m running. Being physical and “getting out of my head” frees my mind. Thoughts aren’t required or even expected – they can just come as they may. And that’s frequently when the most original, creative or useful ones arrive.
And something about running in particular nurtures this. Something struck me while running a couple of days ago, and I think it’s highly relevant to your life as well as mine, brother.
OTHER THAN ORGANIC VEGETABLES, it seems like everything supposedly good for you also has “yeah, but” warnings about it.
Fish…mercury. Fruit…too much sugar. Nuts…high-calorie. Whole grains…carbs!
Dairy is controversial this way. Some very fit guys drink milk, eat dairy products, and use post-workout recovery drinks and energy bars with milk proteins. Others entirely shun dairy.
What should YOU do? Let’s look at pro’s and con’s, and my two cents on sorting this out to make your own decision.
There’s a lot of buzz about “plant-based proteins” nowadays. That is, protein from whole grains, nuts & seeds, and legumes (a.k.a. beans, peas and lentils). There are good reasons to include these in your diet, because they have multiple health benefits including their protein. Also, often, eating these things helps you reduce higher-fat animal-based foods, while still getting sufficient protein.
But a potential increase of plant-based protein should be third on your priority list of protein questions to address, man. Ask yourself:
1. Regardless of source, how much total protein should I take in each day?
2. Within the realm of animal proteins, is it important to shift from my current habits more toward “lean” proteins?
3. With decent answers to the above two question in mind, now, should I seek out more plant-based proteins (and if so, how do I ensure “complete” protein)?
Recently, I researched all this more formally than I had before, and started some behavior change accordingly. Hopefully what I’ve learned can put you ahead of the game.