Monthly Archives: June 2020
Strength Training is SO Important for Older Seniors
Everyone is older than someone. I like to frame it like that rather than categorize a person like myself as older, or senior, because a lot of people are older than me and many are younger. Regardless, whether you’re 30, 40, 60, or 80, unless your lifestyle consists of lifting and pulling and moving, strength training is invaluable to your physical health especially joint health, balance, endurance, and mobility.
The key is this: strength training helps preserve precious muscle mass which we need into old age. It helps to keep joints strong and helps you stay lean. And we all want both of these things because being overweight or having weak muscles can lead to bad falls and injuries which can be debilitating and possibly land us in the hospital.
So if you’re simply walking, it is best to also incorporate proper weight training at least two days per week or it is likely that you will end up losing muscle. That’s because our bodies get used to doing the same thing day in and day out so energy is conserved. We end up expending less energy doing the same exercise. Remember also, we are always aging so we are also always losing muscle. The challenge, which I think is fun, is keeping muscle on.
I always get excited about helping my clients do just that and seeing their improvements. Balance, posture and strength go hand in hand. And the positive effects happen pretty quickly but can also disappear fast if you’re not consistent. So map out a plan with your trainer and keep a log. The results are worth it.
Enjoy and thanks for reading!
Practicing ankle circles!
Haha.. my expression is so serious it’s funny. Oh well. Who cares.
I was taking a video while waiting for a call from this producer and decided to post this clip for fun. I’m going to do an interview and demo for an ABC show about home workouts during Covid and how I pivoted with my workouts and clientele. They’re spotlighting trainers. Fun stuff.
Personally, I always keep going with my workouts. As for my clients, I took them to the beach with my equipment, then when that closed, we went to the park. Easy. Problem solved. We all kept healthy and safe. And it didn’t take much but a couple of med balls, dumbbells, an NT Loop, foam roller, balance disc, and mat. Voila! Onward and upward! The clients that chose to keep scheduling stayed very healthy, fit and strong. I am so happy for them. I hope to see my remaining clients soon. And I hope you all have stayed consistent with being active and taking good care of yourselves. It helps keep that forward inertia (a body that stays in motion..) going mentally and physically. Remember the mental training that comes with keeping consistent. My client Jon wanted me to post this. He never misses a session. This is more important for us all now more than ever.