Challenges for Aging Athletes
It’s a natural part of life: As the body ages, things change. Energy and stamina levels may not be what they once were. You might notice physical ailments like arthritis, back pain, or muscle tightness starting to come into play. Still, that does not mean you need to become sedentary as you get older. Quite the contrary!
Just ask Mike Ehredt, a competitive athlete in his 50s whose physical achievements would surmount most athletes of any age. His amazing accomplishments include 5 Boston Marathons (and counting), national-level cycling competitions, running hundreds of miles in the Himalayan mountains and across the Sahara desert, as well as cross-country running in the US. Mike has a motto: “Age is only a number and so is the distance.” It’s a slogan he brings to life through his own physical feats and in the inspiration he passes along to the athletes he trains.
Conquering the Mental Challenges
“As we age, it’s more of a mental challenge,” explains Mike, but the mental block can be conquered.
Mike personally trains an average of 6 days a week, totaling roughly 70-80 miles, oftentimes with about 20,000 feet of altitude climb. Depending on the event he is preparing for, you may also see Mike pulling a tire while he runs for muscle strengthening (although, he has joked with bystanders that it’s because he had a flat tire and needed to grab a new one!).
In recent years, Mike trained a man in his early 70s to compete in the IRONMAN Triathlon and finish. He has also trained a woman in her mid 70s to complete three Boston Marathons and become a World Champion in her age class. While these achievements are never easy, they are clearly possible!
Taking on the Physical Challenges
How Arnica Can Help
You will often hear athletes use the expression, “No pain, no gain,” but Mike has a more holistic approach to his training and self care. He emphasizes proper nutrition and safety. He also uses natural products like homeopathic arnica regularly and recommends it to his fellow athletes and clients to combat muscle pain and assist the body’s recovery after a strenuous workout.
Arnica is not only helpful for runners, cyclists, or competitive athletes. Arnica is also very effective for issues in the joints, including arthritis pain and stiffness. As such, it is great for golfers, tennis players, pickleball players, climbers, or other athletes that may experience joint strain, especially in the knees, elbows, and wrists.
Overall, homeopathic arnica is natural, safe, and effective for a variety of pain-related symptoms, including bruising. To top it all off, it’s easy to keep on hand at a race, on the court, or wherever your sport may take you.
Get to Know Mike Ehredt
Mike Ehredt is a 5-time Boston Marathon finisher, Athlete Ambassador for Hyland’s Homeopathic, a Certified Personal Trainer in Sandpoint, Idaho, a USATF Certified running coach, and much more. See Mike’s story and learn more about his running journeys at: MikeRunsIdaho.com.
Also check out our Arnica for Marathon Runners article, featuring tips from Mike.