Fitness for over 60s
Chronological age does not equal functional or physiological age and I have worked with people in their 60s who are functionally fitter than people in their 40s and 50s.
You may be someone who has health or mobility issues and would initially benefit from gentle Pilates type strengthening and flexibility work. Or, you might be someone who possesses a good level of general fitness, but would like to address a particular aspect of your fitness.
Chronological age does not equal functional or physiological age and I have worked with people in their 60s who are functionally fitter than people in their 40s and 50s. Yes, general declines in various fitness components can be predicted for people in their 60s, but there is huge variability within this age range. People in their 60s form a very heterogeneous group!
Perhaps you are a keen walker or gardener who wants to be stronger in your arms or to strengthen your stomach and back muscles? Or it could be issues around having the muscle power to get you over a stile, up a flight of stairs, or to push a heavy wheelbarrow. Perhaps you just wish to look and feel your best, following a style of exercise that will keep you strong and active as you age.
Many of the people I work with in their 60s just feel like they’ve lost some of their freedom of movement. Their co-ordination may be poor through different planes of movement, their muscles are often tight, restricting movement, and their pillar strength is often compromised. These kinds of issues can impact on day to day functional movements and predispose people to future injuries. All of this can be addressed and improved upon.
Through assessment I might identify ‘weak links’ in your fitness that, when addressed, can make a huge difference to how you feel and move. This can often resolve issues like knee and back pain. People with osteoarthritis often fear aggravating their condition, but would also benefit from the appropriate level of exercise for their individual needs.
We are designed to move! If you are one of the people who sit for hours on end at a desk or in front of the television, you may be negatively impacting your health. Current research suggests that people who include some kind of movement throughout the day can positively impact their blood health profiles.