All the Experts agree....

...that doing significant amounts of exercise is the best way of ageing well. Many articles about exercise and ageing come from a standpoint of addressing people who perhaps do no exercise, and maybe aren't aware of the many benefits of exercise, especially the life-benefits that follow from exercise. People who have perhaps fallen prey to the widely-held attitude that success and achievement in the physical realm belongs in your past when you get to 50. Any visitor to this site presumably doesn't share that point of view....

 

All the experts agree that doing significant amounts of exercise is the best way of ageing well. Many articles about exercise and ageing come from a standpoint of addressing people who perhaps do no exercise, and maybe aren't aware of the many benefits of exercise, especially the life-benefits that follow from exercise. People who have perhaps fallen prey to the widely-held attitude that success and achievement in the physical realm belongs in your past when you get to 50. Any visitor to this site presumably doesn't share that point of view and is well aware of how much can be experienced in sport etc by keeping in shape and how possible it is to keep up an extremely high level of conditioning at any age. We are often trumpeting those overall life-benefits from attaining the physical and, we believe in consequence the mental, fitness demanded by the extreme and adventure sports that we cover. So it is gratifying to have Dr Richard J Hodes Director of the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health saying exactly the same things in an interview with NIH MedlinePlus magazine.

 

Here is some of what he said:-

 

"Exercise is perhaps the best demonstrated way to maintain good health, fitness, and independence. Research has shown that regular physical activity improves quality of life for older adults and decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease and many other illnesses and disabilities. In many ways, it is the best prescription we have for healthy, successful aging."

 

"Aim for 150 minutes a week of moderate-intensity endurance activity (such as brisk walking) and muscle-strengthening activities on two or more days a week that work all major muscle groups (legs, hips, back, abdomen, chest, shoulders, and arms). You can do balance and flexibility exercises any time."

 

"Exercise is safe for almost everyone. Studies show that people with arthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes, or heart disease benefit from regular physical activity. If you haven't been active for a long time, it's important to start out at a low level. You may want to talk with your doctor if you decide to start a vigorous exercise program or significantly increase your activity."

 

He himself follows his own advice and exercises regularly. He says that his exercise routine includes "both strength training and aerobic exercise. Strength training involves upper body exercises to strengthen arms, shoulders, back, chest, and neck; lower body strength exercises build leg strength for walking, hiking, and sports, as well as climbing stairs and other everyday activities. For endurance, I use an exercise bike ergometer, but some prefer walking or running on a treadmill in the gym or out-of-doors". He recommends exercising regularly and says that for people who aren't used to exercising regularly "the key is to make exercise as much a part of the day as eating or sleeping".

 

He recomends ensuring that your exercise routine covers what he describes as the "four types of exercise—endurance, strength, balance, and flexibility". As well as the usual endurance and strength areas of training he recommends adding balance exercises to avoid falling and fall-related injuries, and stretching exercises to maintain freeedom of movement. These are obviously essential areas for both life and sport.

 

So now you have it from as authoritative a source as Dr. Richard J. Hodes, the Director of the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health. What better motivation could there be to make you visit the "new and improved" Training Section of this site and start your journey into fitness!