Get much stronger. If your tissue can always produce more force and bear more tension than it used to, why would your body ever have to feel older or worse? What people mean when they say, “I feel older” is “I’ve been actively training to get weak af; and I’ve been very effective.”
This isn’t pie in the sky. This isn’t a joke. Think long and hard about that prior paragraph.
My body doesn’t just feel good. It feels better than any time in my whole life. This isn’t hyperbole. Maybe when I was a very young child. But nowhere in my teens or 20s did I feel this great. I have distinct memories of joint pain and tendinitis all through my teens.
People’s short memories paired with the obliviousness of youth leads them to think they always felt great as a kid. Not true. I have kids. I work with youth athletes. Kids don’t pay as close attention to clicking knees and tight backs; but they have them all the time. I clearly remember even really fit peers of mine nursing aching ankles, wrists, groins, elbows, back strains. All that’s happening now is you are finally paying attention to how weak you’ve become; and you’re calling it “age”.
As with all my clients, my personal program emphasis is on recovery and progression. As you can see, it works. The photo above is from a video (here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CG2v77QnLZ9/) wherein recently I hit a life time personal record. The same week I hit PRs on my squat day as well. Personal record becomes the norm when you are balancing recovery and strategically plotting progress. To put this in perspective, the nordic leg curl pictured above is held in such high esteem in the athletic training community that to do a single half-way decent rep is considered worthy of praise and a cause for celebration. A scan through Youtube will return hits for NFL players doing five to ten reps. I do them weighted.
People say they want to be fast, but train low speed. They say they want to be athletic, but never encounter a sense of high muscular tension and high effort. They say they want to feel younger, but train like decrepit elderly.
Raise tension. Increase force. Get stronger. Then rest and recover.
For maximum muscle size and density, that's a different game altogether. For most people to carry as much muscle size and density as possible will take a lot of training volume, which means a lot of time and food, which means a lot of energy, which means the risks of accelerated aging go up, which means the risk of not feeling great goes up. That doesn’t work well for high achievers, super busy and productive people, if they want to protect their energy for family and business, and keep the body feeling good.
You want to feel great? Just get much stronger.