Here are some articles you might like to read about training - for instance why it's worth making the effort.
One of the important aspects of Silver Grey Sports Club is an emphasis on the importance of training for the sports you(we) practice. This may be preaching to the converted but it's useful to express the reasoning behind this.
SGSC concentrates on covering, for the most part, extreme and adventure sports. Where it's not strictly a sport that falls into these categories, it's generally because the age of the participant makes the activity extreme(-ish). These sports demand good physical condition for both achievement and enjoyment of the sport as well as safety. This is something that most of the people we feature recognise, and they accept that they can continue to enjoy their sport as long as they work at maintaining condition for it.
"Use what you've got or lose what you've got" is the message from Betty Warner. To which we'd add the idea that you're never too old to start. "Start what?" you ask. Getting strong, getting fit, making sure that you can enjoy your sports up to whatever age you want.
Frequently asked questions on sports and ageing
Q1 What happens to our muscles as we age?
We all know what happens as you get older. There are observable changes in the body; a steady decline in conditioning that occurs from the age of 50 or so, a decrease in muscle tone and a loss of muscle bulk. But are the changes unalterable? Can the rate of decline be slowed? Or can it even be reversed, so that the decline, when it does happen, happens from a point of improved fitness and increased strength? Can that increased strength and fitness be maintained for longer than the accepted wisdom dictates?
Professor Patricia Woo CBE FMedSci is Emeritus Professor of Paediatric Rheumatology at University College London. She was appointed in 1985 as group head at the MRC Clinical Research Centre, and became Professor of Paediatric Rheumatology within London University in 1994.
She founded the tertiary referral service for children at London’s Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, and the adolescent and young adult referral service at University College Hospital in 1995. Her Dept. research included clinical and basic research on childhood arthritis, and other auto-immune and inflammatory diseases. She has published over 200 original publications, 68 reviews and book chapters, edited three editions of the Oxford Textbook of Rheumatology, and is senior author of the handbook: Paediatric Rheumatology in Clinical Practice.