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Over 50? Jump-Start Your Fitness with this 2-Week Regimen

I’m Dane Findley – a health advocate and full-time blogger in his late fifties – and I’m revealing my 2-Week Fitness Regimen in this article, outlining the workouts I do within a 14-day period and the sequence in which I complete them.

I’m encouraging you to try this regimen for two weeks and experience how it impacts your motivation, mood, and physique.

I also include diet tips to help you achieve your weight loss and strength goals.

I recommend each person – especially those over 50 – obtain their doctor’s permission before undergoing significant changes to their movement or dietary patterns. The following fitness regimen is for men and women and can be modified to match a person’s unique circumstances.

The Nutritional “Triple Punch” Boosts Your Fitness Regimen

First, it’s crucial to establish that a good fitness regimen has good nutrition to accompany it.

The fastest, cheapest, and most impactful way to improve your health and appearance is by improving your daily diet. You can achieve this primarily in three ways:

  • dietary restriction (omit inflammatory foods),
  • timing restriction (intermittent fasting),
  • or caloric restriction (eating fewer calories each day).

Dietary Restriction

Since inflammation is the primary cause of accelerated aging, you can remove inflammatory foods from your diet to help give your body a foothold – so it can finally begin work on its long list of postponed repairs.

fitness regimen by Dane Findley
(A larger, printable PDF of this 2-Week Fitness Regimen bullseye chart can be downloaded instantly for free. Simply opt-in to Dane’s email updates.)

Timing Restriction

The irony of food is that – on one hand – it gives your body life, and – on the other hand – digesting food all the time can be ultimately exhausting and prevent your body from directing its resources to other areas that require restoration.

In theory, intermittent fasting creates larger spaces of time within which your body can concentrate on other things.

Caloric Restriction

Lab researchers have established that those who eat fewer – but just enough – calories live longer and healthier lives than those who overeat.

According to the National Institute on Aging, “calorie restriction substantially reduced waist measurements and blood pressure” compared to the control group. Lab tests also showed reduced LDL cholesterol and triglycerides.

In addition, “measures of inflammation, insulin resistance, glucose control, and metabolic syndrome greatly improved.”

More Than The Sum Of Its Parts

In today’s modern and developed countries, when people die prematurely (earlier than they need to), it’s usually due to heart disease or cancer (approximately 60% of the population), and these two conditions can be mitigated – or avoided altogether – by improving one’s daily diet.

 

By combining all three of the above restrictions – dietary, timing, and caloric – you, in effect, exact a triple punch, and the positive results to your physique are exponential.

By the way, I provide a course that walks you step by step through this process of successfully adopting an anti-inflammatory diet using the three-restriction model.

Remember, too, that most calories you consume should be sourced from quality protein and vegetables.

Putting Your Results into Warp Drive

Now that you know how to get exponential results by improving your nutrition, you can further rocket your results into warp drive by adding strategic fitness cross-training.

My 2-week fitness regimen involves doing a workout that is different from your previous one and challenging yourself to get enough varied workouts completed within a two-week period.

Questions about the 2-Week Fitness Regimen

Do you have a question for me about this 2-week fitness regimen?

The answer to whatever questions people have for me is usually the same: I encourage you to opt-in to my free email update.

With my update, I send you a tip and a bolt of inspiration twice each week to help you stay true on your path toward improved health:

  • Some messages will hit you at precisely the right time and resonate deeply.
  • Some will arrive when you’re too busy to give them much attention.
  • But the overall cumulative effect of these updates will be highly beneficial and motivating.

The Strategy Behind my 2-Week Fitness Regimen

What markers should you look for in a highly effective fitness regimen, and how should they be prioritized? What follows is the logic behind my 2-week fitness regimen.

Mobility = Joint Stability + Muscular Flexibility + Aligned Posture

Can your muscles and joints receive and initiate force without getting compromised? If you’re over 50, mobility should probably be your top fitness priority.

Mobility is the foundation of your fitness because it makes all of your other activities possible without injury.

  • If you’ve got sticky shoulders, creaky knees, stiff hips, and the beginnings of a neck hump, these issues need solutions, and they need them immediately.
  • If your quads are tight, you can’t touch your toes easily, or you’ve thrown out your back in the last year, then these are big red flags of a need for increased mobility.

Think of mobility as a combination of joint stability, muscular flexibility, and aligned posture.

Everyday Strength in Your Fitness Regimen

Strength is even more important than you’re imagining.

Strength correlates more with longevity (postponing all-cause mortality) than any other metric.

Dane Findley, regimen fit over 50

Everyday strength simply means the strength that translates to everyday activities.

For example, maybe you do hamstring curls on a machine at the gym, but – in real life – when you bend down to pick something up, your hamstrings do not engage (and what good are strong hamstrings if you can’t actually recruit them when you need them?).

Everyday strength also means that your eccentric strength is nearly as potent as your concentric strength. Eccentric strength is the strength in the muscle as it’s getting longer.

Eccentric training occurs anytime your muscles are called upon to resist gravity:

  • Theoretically, you can train eccentrically in a gym.
  • But more often, gym training ends up being mostly concentric.
  • For example, on a bicep curl, curling up is concentric, and resistance you exert during the return trip down is eccentric.
  • Most people take the “free ride” back down, allowing gravity to do the work for them.
  • Another example would be stairs. If it’s more uncomfortable to descend stairs than climb them, your eccentric game likely needs improvement.
  • Because gym training is mostly concentric, almost everyone is deficient in their eccentric training.

Outdoor activities seem to organically involve more eccentric strength moves, which is yet another reason I recommend people exercise outdoors at least twice a month.

Cardio Base (LISS) + Peak Performance (HIIT)

Steady-state cardio is important, but people tend to way over-prioritize it (in the sense that they’ll sacrifice a mobility session or strength-training session in order to do cardio yet again).

About once every week or two, I’ll do a lower-intensity steady-state cardio (LISS) – often the stationary bike, elliptical, or vertical climber.

I’m not trying to win any awards with it, just break a sweat and get my heart and lungs working. (Probably the best LISS is swimming gentle laps, but, at the moment, I don’t have access to a lap pool.)

Also, I’ll do some higher-intensity interval training (HIIT) or sprint drills every week or two.

I find HIIT to be astoundingly effective. Not only does it burn calories, but I’ve noticed my muscles’ shape and density visibly improve.

Most sports – including racquet sports and soccer – fall under the category of HIIT because they involve short bursts of anaerobic activity.

Legs and Abs

The primal, compound movements done in many leg exercises – such as squats, lunges, and deadlifts – are fundamental and indirectly train the entire body. Furthermore, your core muscles protect and encase your vital organs while improving your balance and preventing falls and injuries. For these reasons, legs and abs are resistance-trained each week.

Chest and Back

Chest and back are more important than arms and shoulders because when you do chest and back, you’re also training arms and shoulders (though the reverse is not true). So during the 2-week regimen, the chest and back is a higher priority.

By the way, shoulders tend to be an injury-prone area, so when in doubt, choose a lighter weight (you can always do more reps) and be especially mindful of form when doing shoulder exercises.

Staying Supple in Your Fitness Regimen

When it’s time to do mobility drills, make certain you include hip openers, as the hip area tends to get stiff and immobile from all the sitting and driving we do.

If you don’t have access to Pilates equipment or a Pilates trainer, that is no problem whatsoever because there are helpful and effective Pilates mat workouts that teach you how to control and access the various muscle groups within your body (no equipment needed!).

Polishers and Poses

Nearing the end of a 2-week regimen, there are usually smaller muscle groups or extra-credit exercises that I didn’t get around to completing previously.

For me, that’s often neck exercises, forearms, grip strength, traps, additional calf exercises, etc. The Polishers and Poses day can be an ideal time to finally complete all those bonus exercises that put the finishing touches on your physique.

This is also a good time to work on your poses.

Many people think that practicing flexing and presenting your major groups in front of a mirror is only about vanity. But there are more important reasons why athletes practice poses within their fitness regimen:

  • Posing helps you master a better command of your own body and increases your awareness of the muscle groups and their progress.
  • It’s intense isometric exercise! By using your mind to intentionally contract muscle fibers – without joint movement – you increase your strength and endurance and improve your shape.

Using the Bullseye Chart

As a subscriber to my free newsletter, you’re granted instant access to a printable PDF of the bullseye chart that makes tracking your progress easier (and more satisfying) during this 2-week fitness regimen:

  • Draw an “X” through each square once you complete that workout.
  • The objective is to have crossed-out all the squares by the end of the two-week period.
  • Each square represents a category of fitness. The specific workout you do for that category is up to you. (I do have many specific workouts on this site, and you can locate them easily by entering a keyword – “chest,” “yoga,” etc. – via the search icon in the top right corner.)
  • If you’re trying to decide between two workouts, choose the one closer to the bullseye.
  • At the top of the bullseye chart, I encourage you to write your start date and end date (the final day of the 2-week period).
  • There are two full Days Off during the fitness regimen. But if you’re training intensely, or if your body feels tender, then, by all means, take additional days off. Always listen to what your body is telling you. It’s better to err on the side of caution.

You Can’t Manage What You Don’t Measure

When it comes to fitness and health, I’m not a big fan of winging it because:

  • most people think they’re more physically active than they actually are;
  • and most people think they eat better than they actually do.

There is a tried-and-true success principle that “you can’t manage what you don’t measure.”

By using my bullseye chart, you’ll be measuring your progress as you go.

The chart helps you remove ambiguity and self-delusion. You’ll know exactly where you are in your fitness on any given day and how much effort you’ve been exerting. You won’t be as likely to forget where you left off or to overtrain some areas while undertraining others (a widespread mistake).

A regimen is a prescribed course of habits for the purpose of reaching a new level of robust wellness and aesthetics. My 2-Week Fitness Regimen, and the accompanying bullseye chart, are designed to jump-start your health and improve your appearance and well-being. I invite you to give it a try.

You can also do this regimen with a friend. You can each use the bullseye chart during the two weeks and encourage and motivate each other to keep going.

You might find that – at the end of the two-week regimen – you feel so capable and look so much better that you want to begin another 2-week regimen immediately.

Additional Sources on the Benefits of a Fitness Regimen:

Inflammatory Diets & Autoimmune Symptoms – https://www.goldbergtenerclinic.com/blog/the-autoimmune-plague-part-i/

Fitness Regimen Insights [American Glutton Podcast] with Ethan Suplee and Dr. Peter Attia – https://www.americanglutton.net/listen

Leading Causes of Mortality – https://ourworldindata.org/causes-of-death

Calorie Restriction Research Trials – https://news.yale.edu/2022/02/10/calorie-restriction-trial-reveals-key-factors-enhancing-human-health

The Science of Posing to Build Healthy Muscle – https://www.t-nation.com/training/flex-your-way-to-a-harder-body/