Posts Tagged ‘elderly’

Before anything else, watch this 77-year old woman lift heavier than you do!
“I never used the words “I can’t”…I would just say “I will try.” That’s how I lived my life, just trying to do my best – everyday.
 
I can do what I need to do, and I’m proud of it…
…I can shovel my own driveway when it snows, thanks to the power-training.
…my grandchildren, I can lift them up without any problem.
…and the best of all, I don’t need any help when I carry my groceries.
 
That’s what [lifting] is about – it’s about life.”
 
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Who says you have to stop lifting after hitting a certain age?
 
Willie Murphy, the strong woman on the video, started lifting weights at age 50.
One of the largest determinants in quality of life and functional independence is STRENGTH. Unfortunately, a lot of people who were once strong suddenly stop when they hit 70, 60, 50, and some even 40 or younger.
A lot of functional everyday movements which are relevant especially as we age are based on STRENGTH:
– walking, climbing stairs, etc.
– sitting down and standing up.
–  carrying groceries, kids, etc.
– keeping our balance.
At the gym I work at as a Personal Trainer, I focus on helping people with muscle or joint pains be able to exercise pain-free. Most of these people – both men and women- are aged 50 and over. They come to me with these Top 3 goals in mind:
1) To get stronger.
2) To improve stamina/endurance.
3) To lose some weight.
I’ve had people who just started going to the gym later in life. I’ve had people who had been active before, maybe played some sports when they were younger, but had an injury or life just happened and stopped, but wanted to get back.
It is possible to ‘get back’ to being physically active.
It is  beneficial to be active and get stronger especially later in life.
Just like Willie, always keep a perspective of ‘trying.’ Try to do your best everyday. Try to be better most days. Just try.
You will not know what your body is capable of until you try. With proper guidance and training, you can succeed to be better and get stronger, even over 50.
Lifting is not just about losing weight, or looking good… it’s about improving your quality of LIFE.
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Meet “Pat,” though her head is flourishing with grey hair, she’s still active and robust in relative physique. She comes to the gym to train with me twice a week on top of her daily physical activities such as walking, Gardening, and singing (she keeps convincing me it’s a physical activity since you work the diaphragm, and not a lot of people know how to properly do that).

This month, she just turned 75 years old and is still continuing to train regularly. She had a surgery on her right hip, right shoulder, and heart but I’ve trained with her long enough to convince me of her favourite motto “all the parts that I have still works!” Pat trained with another trainer before but stopped for a bit while waiting for the new gym in her area to open. I started training training with her in the first half of this year and I’m just amazed with her energy and strength! I have trained other elderly clients in the before but Pat is the strongest of them all! She’s actually looking for a ‘competitor‘ – a fellow senior citizen who goes frequently in the gym and lifts as much as she does. So far, I’ve found none!

Her hobby is Gardening and it keeps her busy until the snow falls so we make sure that her lower body and low back strength and flexibility is maintained.

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With proper exercise programming and modifications, the elderly can still workout as much as anybody else. If you are included in this population or if know somebody who might benefit from exercise (like your grandpa or grandma), it’s not too late to start! It’s my passion to help people achieve their goals. Send me an email to apply for Fitness Coaching and see if the program fits you! Start training if you’re a ‘senior‘ and wants to be ‘superior!’

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If you like to read more on exercise programming for the elderly, here’s another article:
Exercises for the Elderly.

And here’s a 74 year old man (during the time photo was taken) doing an OAEL.
Professor Fred Samson, (1918-2004)