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At DDW one of our specialist fields is fitness for the over 50s. In many ways the older you get the greater the benefits of strength and fitness become; as we age being fit and strong becomes exponentially more effective at improving quality of life.
Someone young and unfit can still enjoy themselves and be independent; they are mobile, have the strength to do fun things like adventure parks, dancing in a club or playing a sport. But as we age being unfit, weak and inflexible will have an increasing impact on life, from inability to play with grand children to being unable to go on an active holiday.
This theory has now been proven by the Strava tracking app which shows that runners in last year’s London Marathon aged 55 to 64 took the same average time – 4hrs and 4 minutes – to complete the race as those aged 25-34.
The data was collected from 6,464 runners using the app, which collects data using satellites to record their speed over the race. Running experts speculated that the older group of runners were probably leading healthier overall lifestyles and had prepared, paced and trained better than their younger counterparts.
In contrast, the 25-34 year olds were thought to be leading unhealthy lifestyles and to be less mentally and physically prepared for the rigours of such a long race.
At DDW our oldest client, Betty, is now 92. For her being fit and strong is the difference between independence and reliance. She is able to shop, visit relatives, travel and enjoy a lifestyle that was previously restricted. Other clients have taken on fitness in their 50s and gone on to win events at nation level. So it’s really never too late!