Are you in your forties, fifties or beyond and you have been thinking about taking up some form of training?
Where to start and what form of training is most beneficial for you?
It may be a good idea to enlist a Personal Trainer at least initially. A good Personal Trainer will help you with finding your Why and setting goals.
- Do you want to lose weight?
- Is overall health and longevity your main goal?
- Do you want to become stronger/fitter?
Your Personal Trainer will help you put a plan in place that takes your goals, your training history and your health and injury history into account. You may be asked to consult with your GP before straining a training program.
As a Personal Trainer, myself in my mid 40s, I have a client base that includes a considerable number of individuals in their 40s to 70s. Maintaining health and fitness is a more common overall goal in this age group, but also the fact that their kids may have left home and they have more time for themselves and this is something that they realize they want to do for themselves (more “me” time).
Is training in your forties/fifties or beyond beneficial?
- Yes, very much so. Especially strength training can have a number of powerful benefits, that have been shown to increase independence when advancing in age (as compared to less active retirees) and reduce mortality (as in adding years to your life):
- Helps reduce loss of bone density and can prevent osteoporosis
- Reduces the loss of muscle tissue which happens as you age
- Improves cognitive function, may help reduce the risk of dementia (according to some studies)
- Can help with stability & balance (which again reduces as we age)
- Keeps you more active outside the gym as well, as you are fitter, stronger and more confident
What if you have never trained before?
- You can benefit from starting training at any age, even if you were never much into sports or a gym bunny. This applies to practically any age.
Can you train the same way as a younger person?
- As we age, the need for recovery from training may increase, so having more days off between training sessions may be necessary.
- This very much depends on a couple of issues and is probably best decided looking at the individual: Certain things can influence how much or how hard you can train:
- Overall health & fitness
- History of injuries/surgery
- Flexibility/Mobility of joints
If you have any questions regarding training in your 40s,50s and beyond get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07984 052 823