The face of western fitness is changing and getting a bit older because exercise is the real fountain of youth. In fact, during the summer of 2013 a 91 year old man named Sy Perlis set a new world record in barbell bench pressing for folks over 90. Knocking the old record out of the water by more than 50 lbs., he put up a solid rep of 187.2 lbs.
Now, the clincher is that Sy never stepped foot into a free weight room until he turned 60! In interviews he said that it was love at first rep basically, but the need to work out at his age was pretty intense.
The Evolution of Can
Almost everyone, regardless of their age CAN exercise. At the very center of both the obesity and diabetes epidemics is a lack of motivation. Despite the risks, vast swaths of people in modernized nations are putting off exercising because they resist the notion of motion. This is going to change rather soon whether they like it or not.
The infrastructure of our information age is shifting to address the human body AND the human mind. Two easy examples would be the new cutting edge home-gaming consoles that focus on incorporating the body into the play experience and America just started its first experiment with universal healthcare.
Healthy Aging: Cost-effective Medicine
Why? Why is there such a societal shift taking place? Because the world cannot afford so many sick people. The systems simply cannot take it. All of the sweeping changes taking place are based on these absolutely clear scientifically proven facts:
- Mind Power: Those that exercise, especially in older adult populations, drastically empower their psyche and experience a more balanced emotional state. They deal with less psychological issues like depression or anxiety and therefore consume less psychotropic pharmaceuticals.
- Brain Power: Older people who rigorously work out on a regular basis are less likely to suffer from degenerative brain disorders like dementia and Alzheimer’s.
- Heart Power: Even a minor change to an otherwise sedentary lifestyle, for example a 1 mile jog three times a week, dramatically lowers chances of stroke and heart disease in most people.
As it turns out, the human body absolutely thrives on resistance. It requires work to do. It requires a challenge to overcome. It needs to continually adapt to stressors in the form of exercise in order to stay sharp and age in a healthy way.
5 Tips for Older Folks Hitting the Gym
- Avoid Prime Time: If all the loud music and legions of muscle clad youngsters are an issue that could lower the quality of your workout, go at odd times like 1pm on weekdays or past 8pm on Friday and Saturday nights.
- Bring Friends: Don’t go alone until you know what you’re doing and can push yourself as much as you need to. Bring friends! And, check with local gyms in your area because there’s a very high chance you could join fitness classes designed for older folks.
- Less Conversation: Talk less, move more. If you’re thinking of the gym as just a way to get out of the house and mingle with people, then you need to get your head back in the game. A gym is a place for the mind and body, not the mouth!
- Study: Since being lazy isn’t an issue and a commitment to fitness has been made, there’s no reason not to study up. Read some fitness books, magazines, ebooks, web articles and blogs. Watch free workout videos on YouTube.
- Personal Trainers: Considering the amount of money that fitness saves people in so many ways, hiring a personal trainer in the beginning is actually a brilliant investment.
It’s never too late to exercise and the real fountain of youth (healthy aging) is fitness. Jogging, walking, resistance training, sports etc. Anything to get the body moving on a regular basis for most people translates into a longer healthier higher quality life.