Is it too Late to Start an Exercise Program in Mid-Life?

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Is it too Late to Start an Exercise Program in Mid-Life?

By: Terry Burgess, Founder and Men’s Mid-life Coach, Upward MC

Many individuals who find themselves having a mid-life crisis often find they are wanting to make changes to their exercise habits and lifestyle.   These individuals have body composition issues because they are no longer in the good health they were in when they were in their younger years.

These middle-aged men often have developed what some call “love handles” or “spare tire midsections”.  Many of these men also have developed a sedentary lifestyle due to decreased levels or eliminating exercise totally due to obligations with the demands of work and/or family time.   However, they begin to realize the changes in their physical physiques and body composition.  This is further brought to light from medical officials in their yearly physicals and wellness checks.

Many of these men wonder have I already waited too long to start an exercise program to make a big difference in my life expectancy?   A Swedish University study which observed the effects of exercise on 2200 middle aged men who were 50 years old between 1969 to 1973 for a total of 32 years.   These men were first classified as far as low, medium, and high exercise activity levels as they entered the study. They also underwent medical exams to measure BMI, heart rates, cholesterol, blood pressure, smoking status, alcohol use, and activity levels at ages 60, 70, 77, and 82.

The researchers found that no matter what the exercise level that starting an increased exercise program in your mid-life can help you live longer than if you remained sedentary.  Furthermore, they found that these individuals lived up to 10 years longer in some cases.  The researchers concluded “it’s better to quit bad habits and start good ones early, but middle age is not too late” to begin new exercise and health habits.


Please feel free to contact me for a complimentary 45-minute coaching session.  I can help you develop a simple starting point plan to help you get on the road from your “mid-life crisis” to your “mid-life rediscovery and renovation” for your life.  You can visit to schedule you complimentary coaching hour!

 Terry is a Personal Leadership and Mid-life Coach for Men with Upward MC in Benton, Kentucky.  He can be contacted via e-mail at  or by phone at 270-493-0967. His website can be found at


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