The Disability Zone is that time span from the point at which a person no longer leads a quality life, due to disease, until their death.
An older adult (say 50+) can do more than just hope to avoid the disability zone. A regular fitness program can actually turn back the aging clock. Don’t buy into the myths surrounding the over 50 exerciser!
- You are never too old to start exercising.
- Getting weaker, suffering more aches and pains, losing muscle and gaining fat do not need to be a part of the natural aging process.
- Many of the symptoms of old age are really the symptoms of inactivity.
- It is possible to slow or even reverse many of the symptoms of aging by increasing strength, flexibility and cardiovascular efficiency.
There is no valid reason not to start, or continue, an exercise program, other than it is deemed medically inadvisable. The goalshould be to AVOID the DISABILITY ZONE!!
The advantages and benefits of strength training are also many and well documented:
- Reduces body fat and improves overall body composition which increases the rate at which the body burns calories, thus making it easier to maintain the ideal body weight.
- Strengthens bones and improves balance. Strong ankles and leg muscles reduce the threat of falling, a common danger for older adults.
- Improves bone density that can help to prevent osteoporosis.
- Lowers blood pressure and increases HDL cholesterol.
- Improves overall body posture that can prevent orthopedic problems associated with back, hips and knees.
- Improves glucose metabolism that decreases the chances of developing Type2 diabetes.
- Improves the appearance of the body, which increases self-confidence, makes you feel (and look) younger and decreases the risks of depression.
- Relieves the pain of arthritis by improving flexibility and strengthening the muscles around the joints providing greater support.
- A strong and resilient body is more able to respond to cardiovascular and aerobic workouts.
FITNESS PROGRAMS FOR SENIORS
I will put together an individualized program that will take into account your goals, health status, fitness level and experience. The program will include strength training, cardiovascular exercise, flexibility and balance exercises, and cross training in a variety of different activities.
While I will encourage you, and sometimes, even push you to do more, my over riding goal is to make your workout a fun and enjoyable experience that improves your overall fitness within a suitable time frame. Remember it is your workout and variety and change are an integral part of making it a success.