Although many of us associate the gym with young, fit twentysomethings, a recent set of statistics shows that septuagenarians are in fact leading the way when it comes to getting in the gym time!
Nuffield Health have revealed that 72-year-olds are their most frequent gym-goers, making an average of eight visits each month, while those in the 70-79 age bracket head down to their local health club 7.5 days a month on average.
In comparison, gym-goers aged between 25-39 go an average of six times a month, and the 20-25’s just nudge ahead at 6.5.
Nuffield Health, who have 75 gyms across England and Scotland, say that these statistics highlight the growing importance of fitness and exercise to the older generation.
The findings came about following a study that suggests middle age now begins at 60. And with the increasing number of older adults getting their weekly regimes done at the gym, it’s clear to see how an active lifestyle can have a huge impact on health and longevity.
Not only does regular exercise reduce the risk of memory decline, muscle loss and heart disease, but it also encourages healthy diet, and provides a social environment for older adults that may not socialise as much since retiring from work. All in all, it’s clear to see why more older adults enjoy keeping themselves fit!
Exercise for those over a certain age needs to tackled differently to gym-goers in their twenties and thirties. With age, the joints start to weaken and injury can occur much more easily.
As an Older Adult Fitness Coach, you’ll have the knowledge and skills to work with older adults in creating safe, realistic and effective exercise plans. There are a number of considerations that personal trainers must be aware of when working with those of a certain age. Whether it’s joints, blood pressure, heart problems or simply a newcomer to the gym environment, our Older Adult Fitness Coach course will teach you all you need to know about the physiology of aging, weight management and adapting exercise regimes for older adults.
If you’re are looking to add a specialist bow to your belt, this could be a course to give your career a boost! With the over 60′s increasingly taking up healthier lifestyles, they’ll be looking for qualified specialists to show them the way!
Contact Focus Training for more information about our Older Adult Fitness Coach course.