As we age it’s highly important to maintain your fitness for optimum health and wellbeing. While it’s easy to become complacent, staying active can minimise the risk of cardiovascular disease, obesity-related illnesses and cancer. Of course, there are certain types of exercises which are more beneficial than others. Read below to see our top 3 fitness options to help with healthy ageing.
Yoga, Tai Chi or Pilates
Maintaining balance and coordination are essential throughout our lives. Even if you aren’t trying to be a world-class athlete, balance and coordination assist you with daily activities and keep you on your feet – literally! There have been many studies describing the link between improved balance and a reduction in the risk of falls in advanced age.
Yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates all engage your core and work to improve your general balance and stability. If you aren’t sure how to incorporate these exercises into a workout, a good option is to try one of our Les Mills BodyBalance fitness classes. Body Balance combines Yoga, Tai Chi and Pilates to strengthen your core and improve general balance all in one. BodyBalance is the perfect fitness class for ageing bodies as it’s gentle on the joints while still challenging your muscles and mind.
As we age our muscle strength and mass declines, particularly after the age of 50. We lose 1% – 2% of our muscle mass each year, which is why it’s a good idea to replace this loss with weights and resistance training. We also tend to lose muscle strength by around 1.5% per year between ages 50 and 60, and by around 3% per year after that. If you’re keen to get started, fitness classes such as Body Pump and CXWorks are great options for people unsure of how to plan their own strength and resistance workout.
High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)
Scientific research suggests HIIT can actually slow the ageing process. If that doesn’t inspire you then I’m not sure what will! Regular HIIT is great for reversing the declining ability of our cells to generate energy. HIIT involves short bursts of very intense activity, combined with recovery periods of lower-intensity exercise. Scientists at the Mayo Clinic assigned groups of people aged between 65 and 80 to three months of interval training, weight training or a combination of the two. Muscle biopsies were taken before and afterwards to measure the impact on their bodies. Interval training boosted the ability of the mitochondria within cells to generate energy by 69 per cent in the older volunteers! If you need help with putting together a HIIT workout you can schedule an appointment with one of our personal trainers, or attend one of our RPM or Body Attack fitness classes.
It’s never too late to work on your body and health. Linking up with a personal trainer can be a great motivator as well as set you on the right track for optimum results so you’re feeling and looking your very best. If you think you need some assistance with your workouts, or if you don’t even know where to begin, please get in touch so we can assist you with your needs.