Last weekend, I took several of my trainers to Milwaukee for a fitness conference focused on transforming those from age 55-95 years old. Our instructor was a fitness expert out of Florida, go figure, and we learned so much when it comes to helping people age as awesome as possible. You might not be 55 or older yet, but chances are you have family members who are, and if we are blessed, we all will see the “golden” years for ourselves.
Here were some of my biggest takeaways:
As we age, we are less able to process protein. For example, if a 25 year old can process 50 grams of protein, someone older could only process about 20 grams! The take-away from this is to consume higher level of protein all throughout the day.
-Our thirst mechanism doesn’t work as well so staying hydrated and drinking enough water throughout the day is essential.
-The first thing to go fitness wise with age is power, so training for power becomes essential to maintain high function.
-Brain plasticity (the ability of the brain to create new neural pathways) was believed to end at the age of 35, but the latest research now shows that brains can still lay down new neural pathways into their 60s, 70s, and 80s.
-Memory and brain issues arise mostly because there is lack of blood flow to the brain, slowly killing off certain parts. Exercise and proper eating promote increased blood flow to the brain improving memory and function.
-Our diaphrams are responsible for inhaling and exhaling and get significantly weaker as we age. Focusing on deep diaphramic breathing will increase blood flow to the entire body, including the brain.
-Falls occur in those who have the weakest INTERNAL core muscles, hips, and glutes. Focusing on stabilization exercises are so important.
Aging is inevitable, but the quality of those later years are highly determined by what we do each and everyday now! Our Fit Grandparents programs at the Transformation Center has grown so quickly we are having to hire more and more trainers. There is really no other programs in the area like what we are doing. I am holding a a few more free exercise workshops next week. –>-> Click here to learn more. <-<-
I have been receiving requests from all over the world to create online/dvd programs for those over 55 years old. I plan on working on this over the summer.
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