There is a common belief that it's impossible to train for an athletic sport after the age of thirty-five. This is not true. In fact, many people in their forties and fifties compete at the Olympics or dominate on professional sports with ease. So what does it take to become an athlete past 35? Being physically fit is among the top requirements, but many other factors will dictate if this dream can be actualized.
Do you have a passion for sports, but could never seem to get started? If so, you're not alone. Many people claim they were never able to play a certain sport because they were older, or had injuries that forced them out of the pastime. But as it turns out, age isn't necessarily the be-all and end-all of sports training. In fact, contrary to popular opinion, many great athletes are past thirty-five. Here is what you need to know if you're wondering about how being forty or older would affect your ability to play a sport.
Sports and age
Should you be playing for fun or want to be an athlete? It's important to make the distinction between wanting to play a sport as a hobby versus wanting to compete. If you are training for fun, then age really depends on what activity you want to participate in. For example, if you're a fifty-year-old man who wants to go fishing on the weekends, then there isn't any age limit that would stop you from doing so. But if fishing is only recreational and you want to be an angler, then other factors might have a say in whether or not your dream will come true.
Vitamins and supplements for your sport,
If you are wondering whether or not an athlete can become a professional past thirty-five, the answer is yes! But before you jump into any sport, it's important to make sure that sports vitamins and supplements are taken. For example, for athletes who want to play basketball, it's important to take a multivitamin with additional B-12 and calcium. If your goal is to compete in swimming or any other water sport that requires strong muscles and bones, look into additional sports nutrition products.
Choose your sport carefully
When deciding if being an athlete past 35 is possible, choosing the right sport can be crucial.
Start slow and build your strength. Use your brain and not your ego or you could injure yourself right at the beginning of your journey. Soreness and stiffness will happen just remember everyone no matter what age goes through this at the beginning of a new sport or workout. Its a good soreness it means you are toughening up becoming hard (conditioning). As I think the saying goes sweat is weakness leaving the body.
I'm 44 and still train, lightly in Muay Thai, but as hard as I can in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and I want to do a ultra marathon before I'm 50. The plan is to never stop.
I live by these sayings:
Refuse to be Average,
You Still can,
How bad do you want it,
Age is just a number,
And anything David Goggins hells out #stayhard
Thanks for reading