Have you ever been told you’re too old to exercise? There are many misconceptions when it comes to older adults and exercise. There is no such thing as being too old to do anything, if you have the will to do it.
People have funny ideas about what “seniors” should or shouldn’t be doing. It’s up to the individual to decide what they should be doing. My mom works at West Shore Retirement Home twice a week, and her exercise group, age range, is from 80-101. The exercise program is tailored to their ability.
It’s no different than any other exercise program; it has to be tailored to the individual.
Carol is my training client, at 85. I’ve been working with her for several years. Your body will adapt to the exercise it’s presented with. You’re never too late to start.
The biggest issue is finding a personal trainer who works with older clients. Most of my experience is working with seniors, with varying health concerns. Even those with limited mobility can get moving in a safe environment.
Here’s what I assess are the most common needs to address: 1. Mobility, 2. Strength, 3. Balance, 4. Co-ordination, 5. Any underlying medical issues.
The biggest issue facing a lot of seniors is a lack of mobility. What is the cause? Sitting too much. Many activities are geared towards sitting. This can cause atrophy of muscle which leads to a lack of strength. A lack of strength can lead to weakened bones which can cause fractures.
This can also cause balance problems because your body is too sedentary. We need to engage the body and mind through safe exercise. Age is not a dictator of success. Movement is for life!
All Fit All Ages Gym is located
in the Food Basics plaza beside Coldwell Banker.