If you haven’t heard, I recently completed my Senior Fitness Specialist Certification.
There are many reasons why I felt compelled to further my expertise in working with older clients. The following highlights a few of the most important reasons:
- Between the ages of 65-75, we all lose 15% of our muscle. This fact contributes to the startling statistic that 1 in 4 people over the age of 65 will have a fall that results in a trip to the emergency room. A majority of these falls, as well as other “age-related” conditions, can be prevented with proper strength and cardio training.
- I have observed in my two-plus years at Performance Health & Fitness, many seniors coming to work out and doing the same exercises and movements each time they come. Oftentimes, people don’t have the necessary knowledge to provide an effective workout, combining balance work with functional strength, in addition to the pillars of cardio work and strength training.
- I’ve always had an interest in working with seniors. I’ve spent the past 25 years working with adults over the age of 65, helping them to maintain an independent lifestyle. As an older adult myself, I personally understand how health challenges can affect fitness and knows how to adjust and adapt workouts so they match my client’s physical abilities.
I have also been inspired by the books Younger Next Year and Younger Next Year for Women written by Chris Crowley and Dr. Henry Lodge. Both books explain that while aging is inevitable, the decay of the physical body is not.
If you sign up to train with me, I will make sure you get a copy of your own, to inspire you as embark on your own fitness journey. For those of you who aren’t quite there yet, this book still offers valuable insight on health and wellness.
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