Why should I start exercising now if I never have before?

Done properly, safely, and consistently, exercise has been show to slow and even reverse age-related disease. A study of 3,000 people aged 70-80 entitled "Do muscle mass, muscle density, strength and physical function similarly influence risk of hospitilization in older adults?" found weak strength poor function and low muscle density were associated with a greater risk of hospitalisation.

The good news is that strength and balance exercises have the power to reverse age-related loss of strength, bone and balance at any age.

The general recommendation is that older adults should meet or exceed 30 minutes of moderate physical activity on most days of the week as well as doing strength and balance exercise twice a week.

See here for more information about the current guidelines for Older Adults and Exercise

Sport England has recently produced a report on the benefits of physical activity for people with long-term health conditions. If you have a long-term health condition and are worried about taking part in exercise or physical activity, read the report which can be found here 

Isn't it just fit young people who have Personal Trainers?

Personal Training doesn't have to be about lifting heavier weights or running fast, functional training will enable you to improve your balance and mobility which will cut the risk of falls.

I am also specifically trained to deliver evidence based Falls Prevention exercise programmes which reduce risk and rate of falls.

Why should I use a personal trainer?

Motivation and specialist knowledge. I will ensure that not only is your exercise programme specific to your needs it's also enjoyable.

Information about what happens in a session?

After the initial consultation where we will discuss your goals and assess your current fitness level, each session will consist of a warm-up, your main programme and a cool down period including stretches to ensure safe exercise and to avoid injuries.

Can I exercise with a friend?

Yes, if you both have the same aims then having a session with a friend can be a great motivational tool and saves money!

How do your fees work?

I charge by the month, based on either 1 or 2 sessions a week.  What I do is take the number of sessions a week you have decided on x 44 x hourly rate.  That means there are 8 weeks off to allow for holiday, illness, Christmas etc.  There is no contract but I do ask that you commit to a minimum of 3 months to start with and then it's on a rolling basis.

When you decide to train with me it's not just about me turning up training you for an hour and then leaving. You will be accessing ongoing support, accountability and care with a tailored home exercise programme to do between seeing me.

Sources: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society 2009;57(8):1411-1419 (via Saga)

Additional Information

Links to external sites for information about exercise for Older Adults

Age UK - Exercise materials

Improving the health and wellbeing of people in mid-life and beyond:
making the case for local authorities

Age UK - Fit as a Fiddle

Article in the Lancet about physical inactivity is the fourth leading cause of death in the world.  

Age UK Exercise Survey by ICM Research shows 56% of older people say they are doing less than the Government guidelines of the recommended weekly amount of physical exercise and 13% say they are doing none at all. 

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