7.04.2010

GETTING OLDER

 Wellington 'Megaton' Diaz (43 years old, still competing at Adult and winning!)
photo from: GRACIEMAG

I'm not quite ready to join Team Geriatric but I am starting to feeling my age as I enter into my 30's. In this year alone my body has turned on me for having abused it with drink, good food and irregular sleep. All the advice that had been given to me years earlier is now making a lot of sense and am having to change my ways. I'd be a much prouder person had it been by choice but some changes are by necessity. 

So, as I make these lifestyle changes I hope to chime in here and there with commentary on what I'm experiencing. I am in no way counting myself as one of the seniors in the SEABJJ community but can see what many of the 'older guys' do that allow them to keep up with everyone else. 

I'm open to receive topic suggestions from those that have trained through their 30's into their 40's.

-Luke

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am 36, lifting weights 5 times a week and training in hapkido and brazilian jiujitsu 3 times a week. I am close to getting my hapkido black belt and have even recently competed in a bjj competition!

Age is just a number...

LUKE said...

That's very true. May I ask if you follow any specific diet or just watch what you eat? Supplements?

How do you manage your time with training, work and family?

Thanks again

Anonymous said...

I do not follow any specific diet. Basically i eat everything and anything EXCEPT oily and fried stuff.
I only went on a diet recently to make weight for my division in the bjj comp, dropping from 76kg to 72.9kg to fight in the <73kg division.
I lift weights for 1 hour for 5 days a week and i usually do it in the morning just so i can spend time with the family in the evening.
I only train in the evening for hapkido and bjj.
I guess you need to sacrifice somethings to gain something...in my case, sleep! : )
Then again i make i have at least 6 hours of sleep.
Determination and discipline are keys to success.

LUKE said...

inspirational

Anonymous said...

"Age is just a number..."
Have to disagree with you here : it's just a number as long as you don't really feel the difference. With age comes the accumulation of ailments, physical detoriation and injuries. I'm at a point now that I can't do any "standing up" sports anymore, so BJJ (started at age 42) is a double blessing now.
Alcohol has been an effective painkiller before when partying, but not anymore now - it's not enough to mask the pain (from dancing, standing up the whole time, walking,..) completely anymore, and the next day when sober my body pays the price anyway (physical pain is double then).
BJJ is a miracle for me : it's about the only sport that I could do, other than that it would have to be swimming or working out (selection of exercises which don't cause any pain)
Nick

Anonymous said...

Precisely, the older we get, the more we need to make time for training. My instructor is 42 this year and he has a black belt in hapkido (3rd Dan) and a Blue belt in BJJ (getting his purple soon). He thinks "motion is lotion". If you do not exercise, your body deteriorate faster. As the older you get, your body loses muscle mass, metabolism drops (you get fat easily), flexibility suffers, suffer from osteoporosis etc. It has been said that exercise can reverse ageing. This is true. I started gym-ing when i was 20...now i am 36 and seriously i don't look like i am 36. No BS. And i have got energy and vitality of someone in his 20s. I am toned and lean unlike some of my peers who are also 36! Whatever it is, make time for exercise. : )

Anonymous said...

Also, stay away from the following if you can.
1. Late nights
2. Alcohol
3. Smoking
4. Oily and Fatty Stuff (the occasion pizza or KFC is ok)
5. Laziness
6. Negative thoughts

LUKE said...

Thanks guys. I think there's a lot of material we can cover that would apply to everyone but especially for those that find themselves unable to rebound like they dis in their teens an twenties. I myself am working on becoming 30 years young.

More to come!

Anonymous said...

There are 2 very distinctive kinds of "physical detoriation" which are going on when getting older :
1. the gradual getting older : less cardio, less speed, less this and that, more weight; which can be compensated by increasingly working out and exercising to maintain the same level
2. accumulation of extra-detoriation. Bones, cartilage, joints, etc... which can't be "exercised".

I now have a lot more muscle mass than before I was 40 (a lot belly mass also to be honest), but I can't run anymore, can't jump anymore, impossible to wait for a bus unless i can lean onto something, can't walk for a mile anymore, etc.. Not because of cardio (that wouldn't be a problem, because that can be "exercised") but because of "structural bodyproblems".
I'm not on painkillers, I dont care some level of pain, but it makes it impossible to do any standing-up sports anymore.

Also, stay away from the following if you can.
1. Late nights
2. Alcohol
3. Smoking
4. Oily and Fatty Stuff (the occasion pizza or KFC is ok)
5. Laziness
6. Negative thoughts

I stay away from smoking (bothers me a lot), and "negative thoughts" (negativity is such a ridiculous waste of time), but I'm happy to sin (indulge) with all the other points here :-)
Plan to be there at the Thailand Open
Nick

Anonymous said...

Hey Nick

Try glucosamine supplement. They can help to repair cartilage and improve your joints! For me, i am on Omega Fish Oil, also good for joints and protein supplement to maintain muscle mass.

I wish i could take part in the thailand open too but of course in the "old men" division, if they have any. But unfortunately i am currently living and working in Sydney. I recently took part in the State competition here and took bronze. Dropping weight from 76kg to 72.9kg on comp day to fight in the <73kg.

Though it was a bronze but i am proud of my achievement given my age, the training, the hard work esp. dieting.

Hope to relocate back to Singapore again and meet up with you guys!

Andy