Age And Activity Shouldn’t Be Strangers

I’m a people person. I’m far more comfortable getting out and about, talking to staff and meeting people than I am being holed up in my office. Although this might also be down to a profound dislike of paperwork.

I’m also a huge fan of celebrating human achievement. People are capable of amazing things. I’ve always believed that. A story I heard about one of our members has made me believe it even more.

Brian, 70-year-old retired teacher, has just celebrated his 1000th session at the gym since suffering a heart attack 8 years ago. He’s become a regular face at the centre, working out for 90 minutes at least three times a week, his sessions involving time on the treadmill, bikes and rowers, as well as leg extensions, bicep curls, shoulder presses and wall push-ups.

Having never been “a gym goer”, it isn’t like Brian simply returned to old habits. Instead, he created a new reality by…quite literally…taking it one step at a time, building on his cardiac rehabilitation programme to set himself new exercise goals.

Brian’s achievements are brilliant. To come back from such a significant health hurdle and not only recover, but excel, is inspirational.

A recent US project, involving 70-to-90 year olds, found that adding just one extra hour a of moderate exercise to a weekly routine significantly reduces the likelihood of developing mobility disabilities. Another report, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, has revealed that moderate exercise (aerobic and strength) three times a week improves cognitive functions such as memory, attention and task performance in the over 50s.

The message is clear. Age is no barrier to exercise, indeed, it is a reason to embrace it. So why don’t we?

The reality is that we see Brian, a gym regular in his 70s, as …read more

Source:: The Huffington Post – UK Lifestyle

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