As we age we become weaker, slower, less agile, less physically attractive… While some accept this fate with poise and a positive outlook, for others, it is a difficult transition.
In the business of personal training I occasionally run across young people consumed with their bodies and how well they perform. In the “poker game of life”, they are holding aces. How they manage their hand when the cards they are holding are no longer aces depends on their outlook. They cannot stop the dissipation of the body over time, but there is a bright side.
When comparing younger and older exercisers, those who are older can produce far greater improvements in strength, increases in energy, bone density, and the abatement of pain. After all, a 20 year old is not going to increase her bone density a standard deviation or increase mitochondrial capacity by 49% but a 60 year old can. This does not require hours in the gym each week.
With proper exercise you can significantly increase your health span, the length of time that you are healthy—not just alive. At Austin Personal Trainers and New Orleans Fitness Training locations our trainers can help you increase your health span and age with grace.