Senior Fitness

Why Get Fitter Over 50

Rather alarmingly, the over 50 age group is now often referred to as the “seniors”, so for the purpose of this page of the site, I will (reluctantly) use that title too.

In the recent past, exercise was strictly for the young - forty years ago, the idea of someone over fifty or sixty doing a marathon would have been viewed as potentially dangerous. Now we see many seniors in their 80s completing marathons, and many others taking up walking, cycling, swimming and much more. However, the majority of over 50s fail to take any exercise at all.

Seniors are increasingly aware of how important it is to take care of themselves, as they come to realize that the one thing that makes a difference to their enduring quality of life, is exercise. This is where Fitter Over 50 can help the over 50s – by transferring that awareness into action.

So, why should you care about exercise? Here are four considerations:

Strength: According to research, muscle mass declines about 4% each decade from age 25 to 70. This results in us seniors becoming weaker and less capable of performing normal daily tasks. Also, muscle burns calories even when you are resting, and frankly looks better than fat!

Endurance: As we age, we lose aerobic fitness. This often contributes to reduced mobility in daily life, and has a negative impact on our heart, lungs, and weight.

Flexibility: Joints change with age, leading to stiffness, decreased range of motion and injuries. One major cause of back pain, is a lack of flexibility.

Balance: Each year, hospitals see thousands of seniors for broken bones due to falling.

The good news is that these losses aren't inevitable. Many of the symptoms we attribute to ageing, are simply because people become less active. This leads eventually to loss of independence. Perhaps more importantly, as the four points made above start to have their effect, we become more overweight, and less physically capable of doing the things that we want. Put these together and we end up unhappy – both with our lives and with the way we look.

No matter how old you are, exercise can improve your quality of life, keep your weight under control and enable you to lead a full and active life. It need not involve a lot of time, and you can see benefits quite quickly. A combination of cardio, strength training, and flexibility exercises will allow you to stay healthy, and maintain your strength and independence for much longer than if you do nothing.

Before you start, you should be checked out by your doctor. However, your trainer will talk you through what needs to be done at your first FREE consultation. It should be particularly comforting to know that with Fitter Over 50, you will meet a personal trainer who understands from personal experience, some of the challenges that we “seniors” face. Remember – It’s Never Too Late to Start

So, hopefully you like the idea of training with a professional, who shares age, experience, outlook, and some of the same pains as you. What now?

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