Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Fitness: You're NEVER Too Old

Getting older sucks. As each year passes we get a few more grey hairs, the odd additional wrinkle and invariably a steady decline in general health. Right, that’s about as far as I’m willing to go down the path of doom and gloom in this post because what I actually want to talk about here is positive.
I work with men, women and children across a huge age range and recently I’ve been thinking a lot about age and how it restricts us from a health and wellbeing stand point. Want to know what I’ve concluded? I’ve decided that we should stop counting. You see, the amazing thing about exercise is that, provided there are no massive and irreversible physical constraints or disabilities, you can pretty much always make improvements.

My older clients are routinely surprising themselves by making huge strides in their fitness. Many of these men and women are at an age where you’d assume that her health would be naturally deteriorating. However, as long as you approach the task of improvement with an open mind and clearly defined goals, maintaining or dropping body fat, improvements to cardiovascular endurance, core strengthening and general vitality can all be maximised.

I once read that both men and women reach their physical genetic potential in their early 20’s. I think that it’s awesome that even in our 30’s, 40’s, 50’s and beyond, we can keep getting better. A little bit of effort around diet, the odd change or two to optimise lifestyle, and pinpointing what to focus on from the fitness side of things will all contribute.

And the great thing is that these don’t all have to be done at the same time. How about changing one thing a week for 3 months and seeing what kind of an impact that can make? If you choose wisely my guess is that these changes could make a huge difference to your health and physical fitness. And just think how smug getting fitter in your 50’, 60’s and 70’s will make you feel :)


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