The great thing about bodybuilding is that it is a sport that has a long lifespan. Even competitive bodybuilding can be enjoyed well into the 50s and even the 60s, whereas in other sports you generally retire in your late age and still make excellent gains.
".competitive bodybuilding can be enjoyed well into the 50s and even the 60s."
As we age the metabolic rate slows down and we are more likely to gain weight, especially around the mid-section. This means that we have to watch what we eat more, and try to stay active. A normal bodybuilding diet can be eaten all through your training career, but you may have to be a little more careful with carbohydrate intake, keeping intakes of starchy carbohydrates smaller but still regular. All supplements can still be taken (DHEA has been linked to slowing the ageing process - though I'm far from convinced by this!). It is still important to eat a balanced varied diet with plenty of fruit and vegetables.
I have seen many guys compete and win even in their late 50s, with mind-blowing physiques by any standard.
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Ever since the fitness craze in the 1980’s, we have become a nation increasingly aware of our health and physique. Millions of dollars are spent every year in the quest for a perfect body. Gyms are big business, personal trainers are making a tidy living helping people stay fit, and body building supplements are at an all-time level of performance.