Are you 55, 60, 70 years old and have given up on regaining fitness? Here’s why it’s not too late!

Jeroen van Duijn

So you’re past your physical prime, over the hill, all washed up, and you’re wondering what’s the point? What’s the point in working on your fitness when you can feel your body declining with each passing year?

This is the attitude many 50, 60 and 70 year-olds adopt: They feel their bodies getting older, so they basically just throw in the towel and decide the better half of their lives are over.

It doesn’t have to be this way.

It shouldn’t be this way.

In fact, the older you get the more important it is that you keep working on your strength and conditioning.

Unless you’re OK with the idea of not being able to stand up off a toilet at the age of 75? Didn’t think so…

Here’s the best part: Fitness after 50 isn’t as daunting or intimidating as you might think—if you come work with us, that is.

The biggest hurdle to overcome is usually the emotional one. We have discovered the single biggest deterrent that most often holds most seniors back from starting a fitness routine is intimidation and a lack of confidence.

Because of this, first and foremost, our priority is to ensure you feel comfortable. Here’s how we do it:

Step 1: You will be paired up with a professional coach.

Step 2: You will meet your coach for an introductory session, where all you will do is talk. He/she will ask you questions to get to know you, your specific needs, your physical limitations, your injury history. You likely won’t even workout on that first day. It’s more of an information-gathering session.

Step 3: You will start personal training sessions with your coach, where you will receive the necessary individual attention. You will never be left alone to your own devices wondering what you should be doing at the gym each day. Your coach will be there to guide you every step of the way.

Step 4: When you’re physically and emotionally ready, you will be allowed to attend group classes, however; if you prefer to remain in personal training, that works, too.

Here are three tremendously important aspects of fitness we will help you maintain so you can live an independent life well into your 80s and beyond.

  1. Mobility, mobility, mobility: As the saying goes, if you don’t use it, you’ll lose it. This is as true of your joints as anything else. The more you continue to move your joints—your hips, your shoulders etc—the more capable you’ll be at 80 years old to get out of bed, stand up if you fall, go grocery shopping and cook your own food.
  2. Strength training: Most athletes in their 50s and older don’t need to be testing their 1 rep max deadlift or squat. But to maintain (and in some cases continue to build) strength and bone density, it’s important to continue strength training at lower percentages of your max strength.
  3. Cardiovascular training: The most common cause of death in the United States is heart disease. Taking care of your heart by staying cardiovascularly fit becomes increasingly more important as you age.

 

Where do you want to be at 80? Living in assisted living watching Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy every night, or living independently and still able to go for hikes and cook turkey dinner for your grandchildren?

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