One of the important aspects of Silver Grey Sports Club is an emphasis on the importance of training for the sports you(we) practice. This may be preaching to the converted but it's useful to express the reasoning behind this.

SGSC concentrates on covering, for the most part, extreme and adventure sports. Where it's not strictly a sport that falls into these categories, it's generally because the age of the participant makes the activity extreme(-ish). These sports demand good physical condition for both achievement and enjoyment of the sport as well as safety. This is something that most of the people we feature recognise, and they accept that they can continue to enjoy their sport as long as they work at maintaining condition for it.

The loss of muscle bulk as you age is something that has traditionally been  accepted as an unalterable fact of life. Well it seems as if this is not quite true. Muscles can be maintained in both bulk and strength through weight training, even improved. Among many others Edward Laskowski, of Mayo Clinic, says "Strength training can help you preserve and enhance your muscle mass - at any age". Furthermore strength training can help you maintain bone density, reduce the risk of injury, and boost your fitness and stamina.

And of course the other side of this particular coin is the beneficial effect that working at one's strength and fitness has on one's life outside sport as one ages - a totally virtuous circle.

I have read articles that do concentrate on the negative aspects of muscle loss, the loss of fast twitch muscle fibre etc, and the consequent loss of performance ability. This may well be true and it may be that this type of muscle cannot be replaced. But are you going to make this the reason that you give up on the sports that you love?

Not at all. If anything, you're going to work hard and rely on your body's ability to make the best use of whatever potential it (and you) possess.

After all, you don't have the possibility of going backwards in time and becoming the younger version of yourself; you can only start with whatever you have now, work hard and improve. And you can improve, check out some of the videos in the Pinboard. Although the bodybuilders spend a lot of time to produce the results they do, you don't need to spend hours and hours in the gym to make significant improvements, two or three 20-30 minute sessions per week will produce results.

If you already practice a sport, that will give you the incentive to put the time and effort into staying strong and fit. And if you don't, then getting fit will open up to you the potential of reconnecting with activities that maybe you thought were behind you.

What you have to accept is that the only person who can do this, who can put in the work to make the difference, is you. Then again, it is you who is the person who is going to benefit from all the hard work.{jcomments off}