Why is it so common for people to STOP moving? As we age, we progressively drift to the couch for longer and longer each day, and leave behind some of the favorite activities we once loved, such as jogging with the dog, gardening, mowing the lawn, and walking in the park.
Well, today I wanted to share with you some information on why I’m passionate about helping people stay active even BEYOND retirement age.
Mainstream media has historically encouraged minimal movement and sedentary lifestyles. For example, Readers Digest published an article listing some exercises to NEVER do after the age of 50. Some of the exercises were pushups, pullups, weighted squats, and deadlifts. When I first learned about this publication, it made me mad. The reason it upset me so much was because: fundamental movements of a push, a pull, picking something up off the floor – those are non-negotiable movements, ones we have to do every day of our lives! And here we have an article telling retirees NOT to do these!
Let’s talk for a moment about some practical examples: your squat muscles or the muscles that require you to sit down. These include muscles in your legs: your quads and hamstrings, your booty, your back, and your abdominal muscles. The old saying rings so true here. “Whatever you don’t use, ya lose”. And the moment you STOP working muscles required to squat or sit down, you’ll lose the strength to sit by yourself and will become much more prone to injury when trying to do so.
Not to mention, research has shown that loading the skeletal system with weight, or in other words exercising with resistance movements, has been shown to prevent Alzheimer’s, protect the brain against disease, increase bone density (Osteoporosis, buh-bye!), and create stronger and more resilient muscles. And this research doesn’t even account for the increased quality of life! I.E. The strength to play with your grand kids or the ability to stand up out of a chair and walk across the room!! This is the direction our Senior Anchor Fitness program will take you!
Dr. Aaron Horschig, Physical Therapist, fitness coach, researcher and author said “The muscles of our body have a certain capacity to perform work. The larger the capacity, the more reserve they have.” Simplified, this means that the stronger we are, the more endurance our muscles have and the more strength we can pull from every day when we’re out gardening or walking up the stairs.
Now, I’m not asking our retired community to jump up, touch the ceiling, and do 20 air squats. We’re going to take it back to fundamentals and work on building our core first to stabilize the body before strengthening those everyday muscles.
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