Fitness for over 70s
Yes, general declines in various fitness components can be predicted for people older than 70, but there is huge variability within this age range. People in their 70s and older form a very heterogeneous group!
I recently worked with a client who is 73 years old. I was impressed by his general level of fitness, and his readiness to try some of the more challenging exercises appropriate for him.
Yes, there were things he could improve on, but he was far ahead of the 56 year old I saw earlier in the day.
Chronological age does not equal functional or physiological age. Yes, general declines in various fitness components can be predicted for people older than 70, but there is huge variability within this age range. People in their 70s and older form a very heterogeneous group!
What do you want to achieve?
Maybe you are like my 73 year old client who is doing rather well and simply wishes to maintain his functional fitness. Or, are your goals and challenges more complex? Is it that you wish to gain or retain the power in your legs and bottom muscles (glutes) to push yourself up out of a chair or to climb the stairs at pace?
Is it about balance and agility? You may be surprised at what you can achieve with appropriate exercises, tailored to your specific needs.
Do you want to address tight muscles, feel more stable on your feet and experience the freedom of movement that comes from having good pillar strength?
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.