Thursday, November 14, 2013

Will You Be Independent And Active As You Age?

Way too many people think that exercise is for the young. Way too many people also think of exercise only as a means to a hot body.

We need to change our way of thinking.

The U.S. population is aging, and getting fatter and more inactive. Contrary to popular belief, you don't get weak and frail because you get older. The truth is, people get weak and frail because they do nothing to maintain their muscle and bone fitness as they age.

Because our lives are so less physical than in previous generations, we must challenge our bodies through exercise to maintain our health and fitness.

Without a regular exercise program which includes strength training, we gradually become less fit as we get older. We lose about 1/2 pound of muscle a year after age 30 if we don't weight train and, according to a previous report in Archives of Internal Medicine, that loss of fitness accelerates after age 45.

Research has shown that individuals with poor fitness levels have a higher risk of a variety of diseases and have a harder time functioning independently. When compared to sedentary individuals, those who are physically active, don't smoke, and maintain a healthy body composition have higher fitness levels throughout their adult lives.

Annie, my 97 year-old Body & Soul member is a great example. She lives alone and still drives. That's possible because she remained active throughout her life and she still strength trains three times a week. She's had her share of medical problems but she gardens and is able to do all kinds of things around her house because she has maintained her fitness.

I have other members in their 60s and 70s who continue to golf, bowl, and play other sports. I've even had a few who participated in the Senior Olympics. Aren't those types of activities more interesting and fun than sitting around watching TV or complaining about your aches and pains?

The bottom line is that regular exercise improves the quality of your life. Period. You can find a partial list of the many varied health benefits of exercise here ==> Exercise Benefits (Scroll down about half way through the post.)

It's never too late or too soon to start. Get moving.

If you're inexperienced, have health issues, and/or are hesitant to start exercising, I have great news. My First Step program is starting soon. First Step is small group personal training for older, inexperienced folks who want more personal attention and supervision with their exercise program.

To get all the details, just Click here or call Mickey at (717) 509-7777. Don't wait! The first 8-week session is starting very soon.


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