We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It is indeed true that our posture, along with our general comportment, attire, manners, speech, and capacity for chat are what others base their initial impressions on. Rightly or wrongly, those things matter to me too.
To stay strong and upright, I do deadlifts. Like squats, they are highly unpleasant but highly beneficial for leg strength and back strength. If we spend 15 hours per day sitting, we must do what little we can to remain vital and to delay physical decay.
Physical and mental decay begins, according to the experts, in our late 30s.
There are nothing better than dead lifts and squats for overall body strenght, flexibility and joint health with the caveat that they are performed correctly. These are technically challenging movements that need to be eased into preferably with some coaching/instruction. Unfortunately the average 'fitness instructor' at your average LA Fitness don't have a clue about proper squatting and deadlift technique. They'd rather show you things to do on the bossou ball or have you in the Smith machine which is not squatting.
I'm 52 and have been squatting and dead lifting for about 5 years now and have never been stronger nor felt better than I currently do. These are great movement for forcing your old body to generate testosterone as well. T is a key ingredient to good health and quality life.
I do both squats and deadlifts (Monday was a milepost for me. 1x bodyweight (200 pounds, I probably weigh more like 202/203) for 2 sets of 5, and 295 on the deadlift for 1 set of 5.), and yeah, I have some trepidation about squats and probably leave a couple reps hanging in the power cage for it.
But they do hit parts of the legs that the DL doesn't, and they do it in a different way.
IMO adding them in carefully and with due caution is worth doing.
William O. B'Livion
Deadlifts for me. (b.49) The closest thing to a total body workout you can find.