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A female athlete made her mark and proved that you are never too old for exercise or for a personal trainer for that matter. Ruth Firth, a 100 year old great-grandmother was jubilant after winning gold in the shot putt at the world masters games in Sydney. The fact that she was the only competitor in her category (shot putt, women, aged 100-104) does not diminish her achievement. She trains 5 days a week, bench pressing 80lbs and practicing hammer throws and javelin. She is hoping to defend her title in 4 years’ time.
At Diets Don’t Work personal training many of our clients are over 40, and lots of those are older than that; my personal training client Greta is now in her 60’s, I’m doing a 10k with D who has a personal trainer in Sunninghill (me!) who is in her 50’s, and the star of the show is B in Reading who has just passed 84!
In many ways the older a person gets the results of structured exercise become more more beneficial and visible. For a 25 year old, there can certainly be improvements in cardiovascular fitness and muscle tone, as well as lots of other benefits, but as a client becomes older these fitness and functional benefits have a more profound effect and make a bigger change to everyday life. B, our 84 year old success story, has gone from needing help to get everyday chores done, including trips to the shops, to now having the functional fitness and strength to do all of these things independently, thus making a huge difference to her life. Similarly, Greta in Holyport retains great posture and stamina, so is able to carry on life just as you or I would, while many of her peers who have become unfit and overweight are suffering form a range of debilitating conditions, from osteoporosis to knee problems.
So even of you are getting on a bit, it really is never too late, and in fact it can be a case of later having more marked benefits and easier improvements!