Women and AgeingI am so pleased to see older women accomplishing celebrated feats within the fitness industry. This is not because I am myself in the category of the 'older woman', but because I am an advocate of exercise for health and the prevention of age related diseases.
Ageing is not easy. I am grateful for each year I am here, but as I get older, I do realise that I need to add more strength training to help me maintain a good level of mobility and independence. The amazing thing about strength training is that you can start at any age. With consistency you will reap better health, an increase in bone strength, a decrease in body fat and improvements in your balance and coordination. Again, a great help to us as we age by reducing our chances of a fall and fractures.
We are all living longer and the over 50's age group, born in the mid 1960's and onward, are part of a growth area of the population. By 2030, it is estimated the number of people over the age of 60 in the UK will increase to 20 million, compared to 15.5 million today. MHA (live later life well)
It makes sense to look after your health and invest in your old age. Strength training, cardio exercise and good nutrition are all part of a healthy way of life. Lifestyle choices not only play an unquestionable role in influencing how long you will live, but also how well you live as you age. Genetics do play a part in our ageing process. However genetics only account for approximately 20 to 30 percent of any individual's chances of surviving to the age of 85. Scientific American (Longevity)
Strength training for the over 50's is a relatively new concept and quite daunting if you have never attempted this before. These amazing women have either started from a later age due to health issues, or have been in the fitness industry for years and now promoting the amazing benefits that this type of training has on the ageing process