Posted by: Admin | July 16, 2010

FIT FOR 50 – guest contributor

Becca Mclachlan

I am delighted to introduce you to our first Guest Contributor, Becca Mclachlan.  Becca is an independent Fitness Professional who is well known locally for her effective approach to Personal Training.

You’re never too old to start exercising

Scientific evidence suggests that we can slow down and even reverse the symptoms of ageing through exercise. 50% of my clients are over 50. Some never started exercising regularly until they were in their 50s and they can’t believe what a positive effect exercise has had on their lives, often wishing they had started years ago.

By making exercise a regular part of our lives, many of us can enjoy better health in our 70s than we had in our 50s. Recent studies indicate that between the ages of 30 and 70 many of the symptoms and conditions that were traditionally associated with normal ageing are, in fact, the result of sedentary lifestyles.

Regular exercise incorporated into our lifestyle can improve our heart and respiratory function, lower blood pressure, increase strength, improve bone density to help prevent the onset of osteoarthritis, improve flexibility to keep the body more mobile, quicken our reaction time, reduce body fat, increase muscle mass and reduce our susceptibility to depression and disease. Exercise is the best weapon we have to combat disease and improve health: it really can improve your quality of life.

To reap the benefits you need to exercise on a regular basis and your routine needs to cover all the components of fitness:

Cardio vascular work Exercise that increases your heart rate and breathing: this could be any aerobic activity such as walking, jogging, dancing, cycling or swimming.

Resistance training Exercises using machines, dumbbells, your own body weight or resistance bands or tubes.

Flexibility As we get older our bodies are more prone to becoming stiff so it’s really important to stretch at the end of each session when our bodies are warm to lengthen the fibres in the muscles, increase flexibility and return the muscles to their pre- exercise state. Practicing yoga is a great way to keep the body flexible.

Balance, co-ordination and core stability are things that we need for the challenges of our every day lives. Pilates and fitball training are great for this.

Remember, it’s never too late to get started, and if you are already exercising, then to get optimum results it is important to change your routine regularly as the body soon adapts. Do consider using the services of a Personal Trainer to ensure you are using proper technique to reduce the risk of injury and to help you keep motivated.

Note: If you have any health issues its important to consult your doctor before starting any exercise routine.

Thanks for that, Becca.

It’s got me thinking… maybe I should train with Becca so that I can report back to you on how effective her regime is. The prospect of public humiliation might just keep me on track! I’ll get back to you on that!

Continuing the Fitness theme, this week’s SATURDAY INTERVIEW is with Neil, still playing sports at 52

Do drop by!


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