I was supposed to post the second half of “Guiding Principles,” which helps explain why a function-based approach to fitness programming for clients over fifty makes the most sense, but I decided to take a break from theory for this last month of the year. Instead I want to share a few positive items that are good news for those of us who are 50+ and are trying to do the right things when it comes to our lifestyles.
If you are reading this, it’s likely that you currently exercise, or have exercised regularly in the past, and you probably promote a fairly healthy lifestyle overall. My goal in sharing articles or events that relate to the benefits of exercise and good nutrition is less about persuading you to make a lifestyle change and is more about providing you encouragement to stay on the path. It’s good to know that the work you are doing now is making a difference in your life and that other people can see that.
#1: While visiting my aunt and uncle in Chicago two weeks ago, I found a Reader’s Digest article on the effectiveness of exercise in fall prevention. It turns out that at 1 in 4 people in America over 65 fall each year. Per the National Council on Aging, falls are the leading cause of fatal injury and the most common cause of nonfatal trauma-related hospital admissions among older adults.
The good news is that exercise can significantly aid in preventing falls. A number of meta-studies have been done that show that exercise alone can improve fall prevention. The RD article noted that “People who participated in tai chi fell 19% less often, while those who did balance and functional exercises fell 24% less often. Most effective of all was combining multiple types of exercise, including lifting weights and balance exercises; people who did that decreased falls by 34%.”
#2: The IDEA Health and Fitness Association has published a great article on Training Techniques for High-Performance in Older Athletes. It details a number of key subjects related to changes we are experiencing now, things I have written frequently about over the last several years, including:
- The Science of Aging and High Performance
- Physiology of Aging and Performance Decline
- Overload Is Key to High-Performance Training
- Training Along the Ages
- Training Modalities for High-Performance Adults
- Planning for Recovery
- Exercise and Potential
#3: Sports Nutrition for Adults over 50. I’ve been in touch with Dawn Weatherwax, local sports nutrition legend and founder of Sports Nutrition 2Go, and she has graciously agreed to return to Practice in January to present on Sports Nutrition for Adults over 50. Dawn does a wonderful job of making the complexities of metabolic processes in our bodies easier to understand as well as providing you a wealth of information and assessments for better understanding how the food you eat impacts the body you have at this age. If you have aspirations to make changes to your lifestyle in 2020, then you should be at this presentation: Monday, January 20th, 2020, 6pm at the studio. See the article below for more information.
Best wishes to you for a wonderful holiday,