As the song goes; “will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I’m 64”
When messers Mcartney and Lennon wrote this song, 64 may well have been considered to be old age, but it certainly wouldn’t be thought of as elderly these days. Just incase we have any “young readers”, this is a song from a little band from the 1960s called The Beatles
I have recently signed up to a business course aimed at the personal training industry and one of the initial modules requires you to look at your client base and their genders, ages, lifestyles etc. When I looked into this module in more detail I saw that there was a significant increase, of almost 70%, in the number of our clients aged 65 +
In this modern age we are expected to live longer and so being fit and healthy must now be one of the most important things in your life, musn’t it?
Outside of the gym, I have recently come into contact with people who, at various ages around 80, are still remaining active and enjoying the special things that can be done when you have a little more time on your hands. One gentleman who I met recently is celebrating his 80th birthday this year and for the last 40 years has been an avid sailor, which, he is convinced, has kept him fit and well up to his 80th year and will continue to do so over the coming years as well.
One other example is a gentleman I know who is actually in his 90s but looks and acts 20 years younger! One of the things that makes this particular gentleman look so good is his posture, which has been achieved through attending Pilates classes for many years.
What will you be doing when you are retired, 70, 80, 90 maybe even 100 years old??
So, what is your motivation to exercise right now? It could be to get in shape for a big event or to improve your time in a half marathon or maybe you want to lose a little bit of weight and feel fitter and healthier. All of these reasons are, of course, completely valid but i ask you to think ahead a little more long term!
If you are active now at say, 40 or 50, then your body has a much better chance of staying strong and well to see you into your later years.
- Walking and jogging now will help to keep your bones strong.
- Playing a sport like tennis or badminton will help your co-ordination as well as keeping your body fat and weight down.
- Pilates or Yoga will give you flexibility throughout your life and help you maintain balance, which means you are less likely to fall over when you are a bit older! From direct family experience I know how debilitating a fall can be for an older person.
- Country/seaside walks will maintain your lower limb strength as well as filing your lungs with fresh air
Keep mentally strong as well (maybe a subject for another blog post in detail). Have a positive attitude to your exercise and lifestyle now so that you carry that on throughout your entire life. So, dont get too hung up on losing a couple of pounds or knocking off a few seconds of your personal best for 10k, just exercise now for the life you will hope to have when your working life is done and you can really enjoy your retirement and spend the kid’s inheritance!
You are now either thinking of Frankie Goes to Hollywood, singing the soundtrack to Trainspotting or, if you are a bit younger than me, you haven’t got a clue what I’m talking about!
Do you have any friends or relatives that are keeping fit and active in later life and maybe even putting you to shame?? I would love to hear your stories, so please get in touch or comment below this post.
Until next time, keep fit and well!