The principles of fitness training are no different and
no less important for older adults.
Some people will naturally be extremely active whereas some
may be slightly less active due to health problems or if
recovering from an operation. Some people view the latter years
as a time to relax which is fine but it is important to avoid
becoming completely inactive.
Andy specialises in this area, and has developed techniques
to improve fitness for all ages. He is currently visiting three
residential homes within Northamptonshire. The oldest person
Andy has trained was 100 in 2004. He has been very successful
with a chair based programme, designed for inactive individuals.
He is also teaching a number of over 50`s classes.
The principles of fitness training for older adults are no
different to that of anybody else. It is still important to warm
the joints up thoroughly before training, a full body workout
can be achieved with careful planning, and flexibility can be
improved. Obviously, the intensity will be lower than that of a
sports person, for example, but just because an individual is
over a certain age, it does not mean they cannot improve their
In most cases posture will improve, as the muscles in the
back and shoulders strengthen. Certain diseases become more
prevalent with age, such as osteoporosis and arthritis. Exercise
can help to control these conditions to a degree. Another
important factor for over 50`s fitness is balance. The main
reason for balance training is to prevent the risk of falling.
It is a sad fact that when a muscle is not used for a period
of time, it wastes away. Andy has gained considerable experience
in this field, and believes that fitness training is extremely
beneficial for anybody who is currently inactive. The danger for
this particular age group is a lack of activity. This only leads
to the individual losing the strength in their legs, therefore
depending on a wheelchair or outside help.
Andy feels very strongly about this area of personal
training, and he welcomes any queries regarding fitness for
older adults. If you would like to take it a step further and
hire Andy to draw up a fitness programme for you own development
please do not hesitate to call. Quite often, a couple of
sessions with Andy can guide you in the right direction. You can
take control of your own fitness with a little help.