June 15, 2019
In this newsletter . . .
This month, The Wall Street Journal ran a special section titled “Best New Ideas in Retirement.” As expected, there were articles about social security, Baby Boomers, financial independence, brain training, and other items of senior interest.
What captured my attention was a lengthy piece titled “Your Personal Trainer May Be As Important As Your Financial Adviser.” Good title. It began with a story about man who has followed the same 26-minute exercise routine since the Eisenhower administration. The writer said the man feels a sprightly 70. He is in fact 97.
There were other fine examples. On woman, aged 86, regularly does workouts that include burpees, mountain climbers and planks. A late bloomer, she began training when she was a mere 78.
Does every senior need a personal trainer? Not necessarily. It’s situational. A beginning senior really does require an experienced guiding hand when starting out. And even some “old pros” do better with a trainer. Some people simply need a regular nudge to keep themselves training. Others don’t.
People are living longer. And the whole idea of course is stay as fit as possible for as long possible. Exercise is key. Diet? Most of the old folks in the article eat well. Plant based diets are favorable and processed foods are best avoided. Some partake in adult beverages, a cocktail or two. None that were mentioned overdid it.
Family ties and friends and owning a pet are other important factors that lead to a happy and longer life
So. Personal trainers. Do you need one?
Maybe. If so, there are many types. Find one that suits you, personally. Not all work in health clubs. An example:
One day while pulling into a parking space at a park I saw a woman stuffing medicine balls into the back of an SUV. I asked her what they were for and she said she runs an outdoor boot camp that meets in the park. We each had a dog with us and they got to know each other while we talked for a few minutes.
She was a mature woman, I’d guess in her mid- to late-50s. We talked about fitness and she told me she preferred outdoor workouts to gyms. I told her I led cardio-kickboxing classes into my late 60s. I said that at my age now I couldn’t possibly handle the intensity of those workouts. She agreed that we must adjust our training as we grow older. But having done that, the key then is to keep moving and never stop.
For years, I kept training logs. I can look back and see what I was doing five, 10, or 15 years ago. If I allowed it, looking back could be
pretty discouraging, when compared to what I do today. I try not to dwell on it. I keep moving.
Stay strong. Stay fit.
Happy summer in the northern hemisphere,
Senior Exercise Central
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