Training Smarter for Longevity

If your training is not evolving to fit where you are at this exact moment, then it’s time for a re-evaluation of the situation.

Our bodies are in a constant state of change. You are either accelerating the aging process or slowing it. Fortunately, I have always known this from early on and have become even more aware of it as I age. The past two years for me has been a process of restructuring my diet and workouts as I adjust to a body that is not as young as it once was. If you are 35 and above, feeling slower, or dealing with pre-menopause or menopause, listen up.

There is a difference between a young body and a healthy body. Physical and mental declines are not inevitable. There are hormonal drops and muscle sarcopenia, as well as cognitive and equilibrium declines to name a few. Did you know 70% of falls in older adults leads to declines in mobility, strength, cognitive function, and even death? The last thing you want to do is fall. That goes for any age group. I took a good fall when I was 30 weeks pregnant with my daughter. Because I was in shape with all of my training, I landed gracefully. Balance training even while I was pregnant helped me with that icy, slippery fall.

Train Smart for Longevity Tips:

🟣Resistance training is the most important.

🟣Use functional training movements for daily life.

🟣Learn to train with proper technique and form with constant and continual refinement.

🟣Master shoulder, hip, and knee mechanics.

🟣Know your body and it’s imbalances and injuries. Train to improve bilaterally.

🟣Balance training that includes working in all planes of motion is so important at every age.

🟣Train your CORE. Core strength is much more than mindless and endless crunches.

🟣Work on fall prevention and gait strength. Do no harm!

🟣Train for power,strength, and to minimize chance of injury.

🟣Hire a Coach to have a set of experienced eyes and ears focused on your goals and set up proper programming.

🟣Include mobility training and a variety of movements.

🟣Include YOGA for mind-body connection which you need at every stage of life.

🟣New movement patterns can be challenging, embrace the challenge as you most likely have developed some poor patterns that need rebooting.

🟣Keep your attitude and mind flexible in learning new information and most importantly, stay coachable. Rigidity kills.

Kathy Dolan, ACE Fitness Pro, Health Coach, Personal Trainer, Yoga Instructor, is a self-employed business owner. Kathy Dolan is a master trainer with years of experience with the secrets to real results! You will find her teaching and training clients at a gym in the San Diego area or on the Class It Up Virtual Studio, and writing health and fitness programs for clients of all ages. She enjoys spending time with her three kids whether it’s in the mountains or on the seashore.