Is there a decline it fitness between 44 and 48 years old?

Answered on March 20, 2013
Created March 20, 2013 at 5:16 AM

In the sopranos, tony is lamenting his lost fight to bobby, and says " you know I'm 48, he's 44... Those 4 years make a difference!"

Do they??? Do you think you really feel different at 48 than you did at 44?



on March 20, 2013
at 11:43 AM

What happened to being completely over the hill at 22?

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on March 20, 2013
at 05:45 PM

I think it's different between men and women. A Texas A&M study apparently found that women can continue to gain muscle up to (and maybe beyond) 75. The problem with female strength in maturity is joints. The joints have to be kept strong, because they tend to be the weakest link and the first thing to deteriorate. This is my first comment here.


on March 20, 2013
at 11:58 AM

I'll let you know soon, I'm 43 :-).

Realistically I think so. The decline in fitness from 44 to 48 is probably a lot more significant than from 24 to 28 (when in fact you might still be gaining) or from 34 to 38 (which is a non-event for a lot of people). Most professional athletes besides golfers are past their prime at about 30.

The guy that runs my crossfit gym turns 50 this year and he says he has noticed declines, and is now just trying to maintain fitness rather than make any gains.

My goal is to maintain basically the same level of fitness that I have now for about 10-15 more years. I am more concerned with avoiding injury than being the best crossfitter on the block, so I don't imagine even trying to snatch 200 pounds in 10 years...



on March 20, 2013
at 11:49 AM

No, not especially. After 40 I noticed that my reflexes slowed up, my body became less cooperative to hard workouts, and of course I began to look middle aged. But these changes are very subtle; it's a very slow slide, not a precipitous fall. However when I turned 50 the rate of decline increased, unfortunately.

I think for most folks in their mid-40s the big losses are due to lifestyle, not age:

1) Stress (work, family, financial) takes its toll both mentally and physically.

2) Years of eating SAD starts to yield nasty results: obesity and various ailments.

3) Combined with #1 and #2, years of inactivity makes the body incapable of supporting a sudden burst of activity (eg, suddenly playing a game of football, tennis). This is when folks in their mid-40s say to themselves "damn, I am OLD!!!".

The key is to always eat healthily, keep active, and manage stress. (Yeah, all easier said than done.)



on March 20, 2013
at 10:15 AM

When you get to your 30's your testosterone levels start to drop slowly but steady every year. Eating healthy and exercising (advocating high-intensity strength-training) has shown to minimize the impact of the loss but in the end it's an ageing related issue and there's nothing you can do to stop that, this is life. I don't think that in the show they said that in a way to point out that there's an special decline between 44 and 48 but in the general ageing process.

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