Health clubs and fitness studios are starting to allocate more space for functional training that can be readily adapted to accommodate age and fitness levels. In most clubs, these areas are still small, but it is a start.
Trainers are becoming better educated on how to assess accurately, train and motivate the 50+ population. Organizations like Functional Aging Institute (FAI) have specific certifications for trainers who want to work with this population.
Lisa Dougherty founded Medical Fitness Network (MFT) because she recognized that our aging population required more specialized fitness training to accommodate their varied health issues. She knew that people with chronic diseases and medical conditions needed trainers who understood their health challenges and could adapt the fitness program accordingly.
MFN was created to connect this community with specialized fitness needs with the fitness, wellness and allied health professionals who could optimize their training and quality of life.
Lisa recently launched the Medical Fitness Education Foundation a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization to elevate the quality and amount of education for fitness professionals.
The MFN efforts mean that people over 50 who have chronic diseases or medical conditions are more likely to find qualified trainers in their community.
What is your take away message for people over 50 who want to get fit and to stay fit?
Phil: Well, I think the overall message is, “There is hope, and there are options.” If you are over 50 and you are concerned about your age trajectory, stop what you are doing wrong now and change it! It is never too late for fitness! This statement means your mental, physical, emotional, and even spiritual fitness.
If you make fitness a part of your lifestyle, you will live a longer, healthier and happier life.
Dr. Kelly Miller outlines nine variables to health and longevity that make it easy to grasp how we can improve our everyday fitness. His variables include:
- Genetic variants
- Environmental toxins
- What you eat
- What you drink
- How you exercise
- What you breath
- How you rest
- What you think
As you can see, most are directly under our control. You can address the variables with simple yet powerful lifestyle changes. People who play the victim and refuse to make the changes needed will find themselves on the slippery slope of their age trajectory. They must make their fitness important enough for them to change. As the saying goes, “If it is important, you will find a way. If not, you will find an excuse!”
A recent incident illustrates my point. My latest blood test showed that my blood sugar was high. It was a yellow flag. Not diabetic or pre-diabetic, but it was not where it should be. Instead of waiting for it to become a red flag, I acted. I changed my diet and exercise routine, and as a result, within 30 days, I lost 10 pounds (which was not my goal) and dramatically improved my blood sugar level.
My message is, don’t wait. Take control of your health and fitness before you end up on the slippery slope towards dependence. Because once you are on it, it becomes difficult to get back up. Do it now, get yourself in healthy and fit so that you can live the next 20 to 30 years of your life with the highest quality of life possible, doing the things you love without pain, without discomfort, and without limitations of physical disability.
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