No one wants to grow older. We all want to live without hinderance, without sickness for the duration of our lives. I can’t remember the last time I thought to myself, “Wow, 40 doesn’t seem like an old enough age, I wish I was 50!” Truth be told, I wish I could subtract 20 years and begin this journey from a younger perspective because now I know what I wish I had then. What if I told you I had the secret to vitality, you just had to get up and do it? Would you trade old age for 30 minutes of cardiovascular training a day if that meant you could spend your 70s without health problems, enjoy your 80s feeling the youth of your 50s and tango into your 90s? This isn’t a far-fetched concept. This isn’t the fountain of youth. Exercise alone has been proved to reduce mortality from all causes, diminish dementia, prevent arthritis, and heart disease, and the list goes on. The truth about aging is that most of us see it as waiting to die. We become sedentary; we accept that failing health is just part of what getting old is all about. We curse genetics, we see doctor after doctor to prescribe more medications, and we sit back and let it happen. Why? It is never too late or too hard to start!
67 percent of the aging population are sedentary 9 hours of the day not including sleeping. Adults over the age of 50 represent a large and important part of the population and are quite often under-served in the fitness community. As they move into old age, if not kept well and maintained, the medical costs alone for this large of a group will be enormous. Many causes for poor health are results of poor health decisions with many fifty plus adults already suffering from chronic health issues. Fortunately for the majority, regular physical activity can remediate many of these health issues.
In just as little as 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise per day and up to two days of strength training, you could easily wind back the clock of time. Research has shown reductions in diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and arthritis. Increased bone density which can reverse osteoporosis in aging adults, improve quality of life and regulate hormones which in turn can affect depression and outlook.
It is important to note, when embarking on a new fitness journey it is imperative that you find a Certified Personal Trainer with a specialization in senior fitness to ensure your safety is at the forefront. If you are here for that reason, we welcome you!
Carapeto, P. V., & Aguayo-Mazzucato, C. (2021, May 13). Effects of exercise on cellular and tissue aging. Aging. Retrieved February 12, 2022, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8202894/