Here at focus HQ it seems like fitness is never far from people’s minds but, according to the NHS are in an ‘epidemic of inactivity’, which is a problem that needs tackling sooner, rather than later. We couldn’t agree more.
To help the falling rate of activity across the UK, the government and national health agency have put a call out for more personal trainers over 40. Older trainers (not that we think 40 is old) help make over 55’s feel less self-conscious when they are in the gym. Health experts say older people heading to the gym could on its own raise the national life expectancy rate and take a huge weight off the shoulders of the already stretched NHS.
Professor Sir Muir Gray, an adviser to Public Health England, said ‘too many people assume that being older automatically leads to frailty, when in fact an active lifestyle could protect mobility for decades.’
Sir Muir Gray also talked about this shift is not to just combat poor physical health, but also the benefits towards maintaining a sound mental health. He went on to say; “Older age doesn’t have to mean ill health and we know physical inactivity is one of the main contributors to developing dementia and frailty.” So, time to put your trainers on – whatever your age.
With the fitness industry being on a rapid rise, there is no better time to begin a journey as a fitness professional, with specialist and CPD courses opening up opportunities for professionals looking to go develop skills in specialist areas of fitness such as Diabetes care, Older Adult or simply focusing on your passion.
Bridging the gap between fitness and age is one of the problems the fitness industry faces, as currently fitness is predominantly filled by the younger people, but this shouldn’t be the case, as focusing on health and fitness at a later stage has proved to have a monumental impact on not only the physical health of older people but also their overall well-being.
This is why Public Health England are urging baby boomers and Generation X take a look at a new career path, becoming recognised Personal Trainers, not only to help those looking for a more active career but also their clients. Overall, they are looking to make Personal Training as appealing and accessible as possible for all.
All this adds up to a great opportunity for Personal Trainers of any age who are qualified to work with older adults.