Is exercise a key to living a longer, healthier and happier life – hell yes!!
Firstly, let me just say how much fun training the more mature person is. I regularly train a group of ladies ranging from mid 60’s to mid 70’s and we spend the majority of the time laughing whilst of course still exercising. But never any moans, never stressed just happy to be here, moving around and having fun
These ladies turn up rain or shine, train with me and then go off to line dancing or TiaChi or even to stack bales of hay! with a sense of relaxed happiness that unfortunately seems to elude many of us during our younger years
So if you are maturing in years how can you exercise and why should you exercise
By the time we turn 60 the majority of us will have some form of joint or bone disease such as osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, joint irritation and a loss of flexibility. Movement is very important in these cases, increasing blood flow, maintaining bone density and helping to alleviate inflammation
Exercise will also help to keep your heart healthy, remember your heart is a muscle that needs to be maintained for it to stay in good health and have an enormous impact on your mental health – get those endorphin’s running through your veins and you will feel happier and more positive
Where To Start
For those of you who have exercised throughout life well done, you will have helped your body to stay younger, retained more functional movement and have more independence. There is no reason why you cant continue to maintain your muscle mass, bone density, healthy weight and healthy heart throughout life!
For those of you who may have missed a few years out
Firstly, go visit your doctor and get the all clear to begin an exercise program
Secondly get yourself a decent pair of training shoes and some comfortable, cool exercise clothes
Ok so we are ready to go, what now?
Start by getting online (go to your local library and ask for help if you need any) and searching for local 60+ exercise groups – exercising is always more fun with someone else. Generally you will find walking groups, aqua exercise classes, council run programs, Tia Chi, yoga, line dancing all specifically designed for the mature client
Get in touch with your local gym or find an independent personal trainer and ask if they have mature groups or if they are happy to put one together – that is how my ladies found me
If cost is an issue there are so many options that are either cheap or free. Go for a walk – my ladies go at 6am which is a beautiful part of the day, walk on the beach or in the sea – this will make you work harder. Google exercise for over 60’s, there are lots of plans online that need no equipment and you can do without even leaving home. Gardening is a great way to exercise, out in the fresh air plus you end up with a lovely garden, go out and take the grand kids to the playground and join in the play, find that inner child and have fun
Exercise doesn’t need to be planned or structured, it should be fun and leave you feeling uplifted, so do something that you enjoy and makes you happy
Now, stop reading this, get your walking shoes on and go for your first walk