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Is personal training suitable for over 60s?

As a population we are living longer.

In fact, in 1990 the average life expectancy in the UK was 75 years old whereas in 2019 it is almost 81. Over 65’s make up 11.8 million of the population and 25 years ago this was 9.1 million.

So, as people are generally living longer than they used to, there are more older people who want to keep fit. Staying active and keeping health in later life has many benefits including a lower risk of:

  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Some cancers
  • Depression
  • Dementia

This means that more over 60s are trying to stay healthy. Having a personal trainer can be very helpful for a lot of people but is it suitable for over 60s?

Exercise is beneficial whatever your age

Regardless of whether you are 26 or 66, exercising, keeping fit and looking after yourself has wide ranging physical and mental health benefits.

As you can see above, for older people keeping fit can reduce the risk of many health conditions. For a lot of older people joining a class at the gym or using a PT can have social benefits as well.

Even if you don’t think you can do a lot of high intensity exercise that doesn’t mean that you can’t keep fit. Gyms have many classes specifically aimed at over 50s, over 60s and all ages and are attended by people of varying abilities.

You don’t have to do a full on 60 minute spin session. Exercise for over 60s can include pilates, yoga, seated exercises, water aerobics and dancing.

A PT can help you get the most from exercising

The benefits of keeping fit at all ages and especially in later life can’t be understated.

A problem many people have regardless of age is how to get started. The gym can be quite an intimidating place if you aren’t used to using the equipment or knowing how long to spend on each exercise.

This is where a PT can come in handy.

With a personal trainer you will get a tailored training plan that is based around your current level of fitness and any physical issues you might have. You’ll also be able to set goals too so that you can track your progress over time and have a real sense of accomplishment.

With the help of an experienced personal trainer you can boost your physical and mental health with a tailored exercise program based around your capabilities.

Is personal training suitable for over 60s?

Yes.

Anyone can avail of the services of a personal trainer. Whether you are 20 or 60, a PT can do wonders for your physical health and exercising also has a positive knock on impact to your mental well-being as well.

A personal trainer doesn’t even cost the earth either and it is very affordable.

With the help of a PT you can keep fit into retirement and whether you are aiming to complete a challenge – the oldest runner in the London Marathon last year was 87! – or simply keep up your general fitness and personal trainer can be invaluable.

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