Jackie Wright: Exercise is good for every body
July 9, 2015
One of my long-time wonderful clients mentioned to me the other day that they were slowing down and not feeling as capable and productive as they used to during their workouts. In their case, this has been due in part to the aging process (i.e. now in their 70s) combined with several physical limitations that have made it more challenging for them to exercise consistently.
And, I completely understand these feelings and agree that what an individual was able to once do easily in their younger years may have become more challenging as age, additional limitations or both have impacted how they feel prior to, during and following their exercise program. However, even when taking those factors into consideration, exercise, in some form, is still for every body, no matter what the limitations may be or what the root cause may be for those limitations.
We train clients from all walks of life, with every imaginable limitation and we research their specific situation and then design a program for them, concentrating on what they can do, not on what they cannot. So, the message this week is for all bodies, regardless of age or limitation, to know that there is an exercise program design specifically suited to you. And, while it may be more challenging to motivate on some days when you are feeling more tired than usual, or in more discomfort from a limitation than expected, performing your exercise program may improve both your physical and psychological energy level.
In fact, if you come in for your workout dragging a bit, this is the ideal time to chat with your certified, qualified trainer about what you are experiencing in terms of lack of motivation and increased lethargy (these tend to run hand-in-hand). Often, it may be as simple as redesigning the exercise program to address some of the more recent developments. In fact, varying a program is essential, regardless of your age or fitness level. Making one small change periodically may be enough to break the behavior pattern.
“We know that aging and limitations are inevitable and some activities may not be as easy for you as in the past. However, rather than permitting this to discourage you, think about how far you have come throughout time and what you are still capable of doing.”
Additionally, if you have suffered an injury or surgery (or both), and have been attending physical therapy sessions to rehabilitate the area, remember to be 100 percent compliant with your physical therapist's guidance and protocols during rehabilitation to achieve the best results. Reach out to your physical therapist and trainer, connecting them with your consent, so that they may collaborate ensuring the safest and most effective outcomes for the entire body.
We know that aging and limitations are inevitable and some activities may not be as easy for you as in the past. However, rather than permitting this to discourage you, think about how far you have come throughout time and what you are still capable of doing. Ask yourself if you are still able to walk, run, hike, bike, kayak, and play tennis or golf? If you are still actively pursuing these activities, then you are certainly able to work out regularly.
And, even if you are not performing these activities, at all or as often as you have in the past, do not let that deter you from regularly exercising. Regular performance of a well-designed, safe and effective exercise program enhances life.
Prior to beginning any exercise program, please consult your physician.
Jackie Wright is the owner/manager of Mountain Life Fitness LLC in Granby. She may be reached at her website at http://www.mtnlifefitness.com, her email at firstname.lastname@example.org and her Facebook page at Mountain Life Fitness.
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