October 15, 2019
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A short while ago, 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 called “Your Personal Trainer May Be As Important As Your Financial Adviser.” Good title. It began with a story about a 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. Hard core movements. A late bloomer, she began training when she was a mere 78.
So? Does every senior need a personal trainer? Not necessarily. It’s situational. Yes, a
beginning senior really does need an experienced guiding hand of some kind when starting out. And even some “old pros” do better with a trainer. Some simply require a regular nudge to keep themselves on the straight and narrow. But others don’t.
People are living longer. And the whole idea of course is stay as fit as possible for as long possible. Exercise movement is the key. What about diet? Most of the old folks in the WSJ article eat well. Plant based diets are favorable and highly processed foods are best avoided. Some partake in adult beverages, a cocktail or two. But none mentioned overdid it.
Family ties and friends and owning a pet were other important factors that lead to a happy and longer life
To the question about Personal trainers: Do you need one? If so, there are many
types. Not all work in health clubs.
Some subscribers who write me are beginners but most are experienced and working out on their own, at home, outdoors or in gyms. Some prefer group workout classes, which of course are led by an instructor/trainer. Generally, women dominate group workouts while men tend to pump iron, solo, or with a buddy or two. There are exceptions in all categories, of course. The “one size does not fit all” rule always applies.
It’s all good, as long as your routine or program is regular and includes some degree of cardio, resistance work and flexibility. And you must like what you’re doing.
Anything dreaded won’t last, neither with exercise programs or the latest diet craze. Those are the key ingredients for success. They might not always be easy — but they aren’t complicated.
P.S. A subscriber, John Kosciak, sent me a great old video interview with Doug Hepburn, thought to have been the world's strongest man back in the 1940s and '50s. John's cousin, Paul Pjarnason, of Vancouver, B.C. provided it. A lesson on life.
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