I find your story very inspiring. I just turned 55 and joined a gym 6 months ago. I’d like to have just half of the definition you have! I have been doing cardio and mostly arm exercises for the last six months but have not seen any changes as of yet. Can you recommend some exercises? Also, what is your diet like? I eat about 1400 calories a day. I have lost some fat and gained a couple pounds of muscle in my 6 months, but I was hoping to see more definition by now.
Any advice would be appreciated!
Six months is a very short amount of time to build muscle at 55. I was 55 years old when I started Weight Resistance training (WRT). WRT is the only way to build the muscle you’re looking for. I was doing Aerobic classes form age 46 and at 55 I changed to WRT.
It takes time and dedication to build muscle. It’s a slow process but all the time you’re getting stronger and in better shape. Your diet however is also important for shape and definition. I eat what I call natural nude food, which is unprocessed, condiment free, natural food. But this takes time for your taste buds to adjust. You will need to be patient. The best idea is to take your normal diet and start trading what you know to be calorie laden for a product that is lower in calorie. For instance, you might trade ice-cream for yogurt. Also try to get rid of salt. This will take time for your taste buds to adjust, but they will adjust.
It’s taken me 19years to have the definition I now have. That doesn’t mean that you won’t be excited by the positive changes that will occur in your body each year. Having a go at competing in Natural Bodybuilding will give you a goal and teach you much.
It’s difficult to put 19 years of experience into an email but I hope this helps.