We don’t really believe that there is such a thing as “gay fitness”. We do, however, believe that there is a stronger fitness vibe in our community. The desire to have a better body, no matter how you define it, is important to each of us. We’re sharing with you what we’re doing to make that happen at 40+.
We all know there’s a difference between straight fat and gay fat. The older we get, though, the harder it is to stay hard . . . our pecs, that is! We’ve mixed up our exercise regime, and it’s working, so we thought we’d share our five fitness tips for gay men in their 40s.
It wasn’t long ago in the club-thumping 2000s when we could join our people in a shirtless display of diva-house abandon. We, then, became too old for that to be our primary form of merrymaking. Then, work and life happened and working out six days a week turned into working out six days a year.
We’re now in our 40s and Linda Evans* has been telling us since we hit puberty that “40 isn’t fatal.” When we read Why 40 Is the New Age of Fitness, it reaffirmed our dad-bod masterpieces were our choices and not our burdens.
We argue that most of us genXers (yes, we’re still here) have chosen our physical states. With advancements in technology and medicine and our greater understanding of anatomy and physiology, all of the sexy excuses we manufacture don’t negate the fact that many of us have no reason to let ourselves go.
We’re not clinging to the gay fitness of our 20s like an aging pop star. We just want to be in the top 20 percent of our cohort. That’s why we only buy organic, fair trade and gluten-free food that never touches a peanut – or not.
That’s, also, why we kicked our workout intensity up higher than we can kick our Sally O’Malley legs. It hasn’t been easy, but we see positive results.
Magnificent Manly Muscle for Fabulous Fitness
Muscle weighs more than fat and bodies that weigh the same look better when they’re more muscle than fat. So, gain more muscle and don’t worry about having too much. For most men in their 40s, the latter’s not possible.
We’re doing high-impact weight training for one hour a day, four days a week. This is helping us gain muscle and muscle strength. We started with low weights and are now using medium to heavy weights.
Because our legs are our biggest muscles, we’re lifting legs two of those four days a week. One day, we do arms and shoulders. The last day, we do lats and traps. We superset each exercise, so neither of us rests too long.
In between each superset, we run as fast as we can on the treadmill for one minute and then walk slowly on the treadmill for another minute. This keeps our resting heart rate up during our one-hour, intense exercise.
High-impact weight training reduces the risk of injury, both exercise induced and otherwise. It’s, also, making us metabolic. This means our caloric burn is increasing even when we’re in a resting state.
Therefore, lift weights, and do yoga and palates with a room full of hotties and check out the bodies until you’re satisfied.
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Fit Gay Men Keep Going and Don’t Stop
There was a time in our twenties when we were more twinks than Twinkies and could “get back into shape” in two weeks. Now that we’re in our 40s and want to resume our fabulous gay fit bodies, getting back into shape requires more than a two-week attention span.
Consistency is key. We do some form of exercise six days a week, come hell or high heels (some would say that’s six of one, half-dozen of the other).
Double Teaming for Fit Gay Men
Like sex and life, exercise is better with a partner, though neither of us would advocate for giving up solo satisfaction.
When our alarm goes off at 4:30 am, it’s easier to get up knowing that the other is getting up, too. It’s easier to bundle up to go outside during the winter when the other is getting dressed to go outside and brave the cold, too.
Having a workout buddy, also, keeps us motivated during 60-minute exercise regime. It makes it easier to workout harder, and harder is always better. Both of us can easily phone in a workout. When we workout together, one picks up the other when the other’s a slacker.
Circumvent Cursed Cortisol
Cardio is great, but the older we get, the more we must exercise in moderation. Rarely would we tell another man not to push it hard (see above), but because of our propensity for increased production of Cortisol with increased cardio when we age, it’s important to not push cardio too hard.
That means long bike rides, long runs, long times in a humid, body sweat infused exercise room with a dozen other fellow fitness fanatics should not be overdone. Intense cardio may have worked when we were kids, but during our adult years, these same exercises increase our stress levels more than we need.
Stress increases the production of cortisol in our bodies. Cortisol converts blood sugar into fat and fat is the enemy gay fitness. Cortisol is a bitch for us, but it helped our cave brothers when they had to run from real bears.
Count More Sheep
On the flip-side, lack of sleep causes a shortage of serotonin. When we’re stressed or tired, we want comfort. What’s the easiest way to feel comfortable? Comfort food!
The reason we want that breakfast donut, a plate of spaghetti and dessert cake is because high-fat and high-carb food produce serotonin that makes us tired. This should cause us to sleep more, except that white, processed sweet stuff makes it hard to catch forty winks and lose 40 pounds.
This is how we’re proving Linda Evans right. Please support Linda Evans.
* Linda Evans in no way sponsored, endorsed or even knows about the Debt Free Guys or this article.
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