Exercise and older age
As many of our regulars will know, people from every walk of life use the facilities here at Xercise Fitness Haxby.
You tell us that our friendly, local approach makes us less intimidating to those new to exercise, and we think that it is never too late to get started.
If you would like to get the benefits of regular exercise but think that age is against you, think again.
If you have been keeping up with the news you will know that a recent Public Health England study found that our levels of activity tail off as we get older, with 41% of people between the ages of forty and sixty years not even managing a brisk walk each month!
The BBC report went on to link one in six deaths to inactivity. But the good news is that even the smallest amount of regular exercise can make a real difference, reducing levels of depression and diabetes, helping with weight issues, and improving symptoms of musculoskeletal problems such as back pain.
Where to start?
You will never regret returning to exercise, but it’s important to do it safely. Have a chat with your doctor, particularly if you have any pre-existing health conditions. There may be certain activities that you should avoid, but this doesn’t mean that you must give up on the idea all together.
What kind of exercise counts?
If you are starting from scratch then any movement is better than nothing. But to see real benefits the NHS recommend a combination of aerobic exercise and strength training.
As members of Xercise Fitness Haxby our personal trainers will work with you and put together a tailored fitness plan to meet your individual needs. Here are a few examples of the types of activity and how they fit into the two camps.
Aerobic exercise will raise your heart rate and make you breathe faster. Some examples include –
• Cycling, not the outdoors pot holed busy road type but the safe dry indoor type under the guidance of our personal trainers.
• Walking, jogging or running, again avoiding the uneven crowded pavements using our smooth walking and running machines.
In contrast, strength training helps you to strengthen all of the major muscles in your body, reducing the risk of falls and helping you to continue with activities of daily living. Examples include –
• Leg lifts
• Yoga or stretch classes
• Bicep curls
So what’s next?
Xercise Fitness Haxby can help you regain your physical wellbeing in a safe and friendly setting.
Drop over for a visit so that we can talk you through some of our equipment, understand more about you and your priorities and develop a training plan to help you reach your goals.
In the meantime, get up and out for your 10 minute brisk walk – after all, every little helps!
If you would like to find out more about how the team at Xercise Fitness, Haxby can help you feel fit and healthy this autumn, give us a call on 01904 760707 or drop by the gym for a friendly, no strings chat.