Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Add a bit more “I can” to your life 

Is there an age too young to start exercise or an age to old? The simple answer is NO.

Is there an age limit to tying on running shoes? If there is, it may be older than you think. Annie Crawford is a fitness instructor who’s used to coaching people in their 40s, 50s and older who once thought they couldn’t run  - and now know the buzz of crossing a finishing line in a nine kilometer run or a tougher 21.1 kilometer half marathon, know that there is no limits - only benefits.
Research from Stanford University in the US suggests that the reward from sticking with running might be better health in the later years too.  A 2008 study in the Archives of Internal Medicine following 500 runners for more than 20 years found that the runners – by then in their 70s and 80s - had less disability, less heart disease and less neurological disease compared to a similar group of non-runners.
People think that when you run you have to run really fast – and that’s what makes them give up. But you start out slowly until you’re fitter – you can be running at the pace of brisk walk until you fitness improves. In the beginning you jog/walk for 15-30 minutes and gradually increase the pace to a slow jog after a couple of weeks. People gradually get faster without realizing it.

My parents are 85 and they make sure to keep their aerobics training up. My dad still does his jogging, even though he thinks it is too slow now days, but doing his 1,5km in a slow jogging pace really keeps him young and healthy. My mum can't keep up her jogging any more, but she uses the exercises bike to keep her fitness up. 

Exercising as you get older can be very rewarding, and you will also have the feeling of how muchyou can I do.

Yours in Health & Fitness,Birgitta

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