With baby boomers beginning to enter their golden years, senior fitness is becoming one of the highest priorities in our country. Eager to enjoy retirement, grandchildren and traveling, seniors may look like they’re getting off easy with their trainers in the gym, but this zealous age category is ready to reap the rewards of renewed flexibility, mobility and energy.
Around age 50, men and women alike begin losing muscle mass at a rate of 1-2% a year. Around age 60, this rate doubles. By our 70’s, we’ve lost an estimated 20-40% of our strength. While some of this is natural physiology, much of it can be attributed to diet and lifestyle, making some of this loss preventable; even reversible.
Not only do we lose muscle mass during these later years, but our bones become more frail, making us even more susceptible to injury than our younger years. For this reason and others, seniors should take advantage of personal training to become more independent, less prone to injury, and better able to handle the activities they love to enjoy. Personal training for seniors may be lower intensity than training for younger adults, but it’s unlikely anyone can appreciate the benefits of personal training more than a senior adult. It’s often the most rewarding experience for both client and trainer when seniors see and feel the results that just a few hours a week can produce.