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  1. Taking Time Off Exercising?

     

    ‘You Can’t Afford to Take Two Months Off’

    By Prime Fit Content

    Dan Ritchie is president and co-founder of the Functional Aging Institute, the nation’s leading business source for gyms and studios helping people over 55. He also has his own studio, Miracles Fitness, in West Lafayette, Indiana. So, he has valuable perspective as a consultant, coach and business owner.

    Dan spoke recently with us and a group of fitness professionals from around the country. Here are some thoughts he shared about how fitness for “older” people is shaping up during and after Covid-19.

    As you know, more states are loosening restrictions on businesses, and gyms in some states have been allowed to reopen.

    Dan says it’s important for everyone in this demographic to keep exercising on a regular basis – regardless of current regulations or guidelines in each state. So, whether you’re at home or willing and able to go to a fitness center, take charge of your fitness every day.

    “Exercise is vital for functional longevity, no matter how you do it,” says Dan, who has a doctoral degree in Health & Kinesiology from Purdue University. “You can’t afford to take two months off.”

    That’s why many gyms, including ours, have provided online training, video workouts and more to keep people moving and motivated.

    The vast majority of older people don’t exercise at all – and that was true even before the coronavirus hit.

    The US government and the World Health Organization say adults should get 150 minutes of moderately intense cardio exercise per week, or 75 minutes of vigorous activity. Also, we should all participate in resistance training at least twice a week to maintain strength, balance, bone health and more.

    After age 50 or so, exercise becomes even more important to help maintain physical and mental health – and to maintain social bonds. During the coronavirus lockdown, it has been easy for many “older” people to stay at home and risk not only inactivity but also isolation. That’s another reason it’s important to reach out to family and friends.

    Online training has been a surprise hit with mature people who have found it a great way to stay in touch with others.

    Dan also calls it “ageism” to perpetuate the myth that mature people can’t learn to use technology, like Zoom on a computer, to stay active. We definitely know that one’s not true, given how many of you are participating in our online workouts!

    If it’s time to return to the gym or studio, make sure you’re satisfied about cleanliness practices.

    “The consumer has to know that fitness is vitally important, but that doesn’t mean they should feel like they’re taking a risk going into a dirty gym with no clear policies,” Dan says. “So, think about what support you need to maintain a fitness regimen whether you’re at home or willing and able to return to the fitness center.”

    The important thing is, this is not a time to wait it out, doing nothing.

    You’ve got to move your body every day. We’re here to help you stay strong!

  2. Success Story: Overcoming Technology to Train Online

    Success Story: She Overcame Her Dislike of Technology to Start Training Online

    Helen Harris, 74, has no computer and hates her smartphone, using it as little as possible.

    But she refuses to let her dislike of technology prevent her from staying in shape via online training sessions.

    “I am open to new things – I am NOT an old fogey,” Helen says, emphatically resisting the myth that people “of a certain age” are afraid of digital communications or anything related to new ways of learning.

    “I just don’t like the phone, and I don’t have a computer. I have lots of stuff to do. I take care of my animals. I work in the garden…”

    Shortly after gyms and fitness studios had to close amid the coronavirus crisis, Helen’s coach called to ask how he could help her make the online transition.

    She resisted.

    He persisted.

    “She was adamant that she could not go online, and this was too much to ask,” says her coach, JC. “I prodded her several times that I could help her.”

    Finally, she submitted to his coaching – which took a couple of calls and tried both their patience.

    “We just said we’ll keep pecking away at this until we get it done,” Helen recalls.

    Eventually, she learned how to use her smartphone to participate in workouts via Zoom, a simple video conferencing tool that many fitness businesses are using.

    Streaming our workouts into our client’s homes is a win-win solution. Same coach, same group, new and creative exercises using minimal equipment, and more!

    Now? She’s grateful and excited.

    “I do like what we’re doing right now with the LIVE classes,” she says. “It’s crucial. I would not exercise at all if it’s just me by myself.

    “We have a great group of people… We play music, and still whine if it’s hard.”

    She also gets in a safe and effective workout that’s good for her physically, mentally, and socially, says Helen, who is retired and lives alone.

    Via the computer, her coach can see Helen and everyone else in the group training session. He tailors the workouts for each of them. Helen, for example, can’t do some floor exercises because of a chronic back issue, so J.C. gives her other movements to perform.

    She even enjoys gathering everyday household items (cans of vegetables, a bleach bottle, even toilet paper) for workout props.

    “It makes it more fun,” she says. “I like improvising. It excites my brain.”

    The bottom line for Helen? She knows how important exercise is, and she’s committed to staying healthy and fit, regardless of the challenges.

    “It’s what I need to do for my body – it’s for me. It’s my job,” Helen says. “It’s more important now to be active, take care of myself, and de-stress. An exercise session helps me with this.”

    Coach JC is proud of Helen’s achievement. “She got pumped up to do something that she never thought she’d be able to tackle,” he says.

    Helen’s advice to anyone else reluctant to take the time to learn how to train online?

    “Just buckle up and do it,” Helen says. “If somebody like me can do it, anybody can.”

    At Y.P.B., this global disruption became an opportunity to “give back” to our community and build relationships. It is easy once you get the hang of it, and my Team will go the extra mile to get you what you need, answer questions, etc.

    Whether or not we are back in our studio when you read this, we WILL continue to STREAM our workouts LIVE 2-3 times per day M/W/F adjusting to the demand.

    Try it yourself! Get 14 Days of Unlimited Live, Virtual Group Training Classes You Can Do From Anywhere! For more information http://www.landpage.co/14-day-trial-ypbtrainingstudio

    You may also contact Lisa Wright, F.A.S., at Your Personal Best Training Studio. Call 361-857-5087 or visit ypbtrainingstudio.com Her full “How do We Ensure Functional Longevity” presentation is NOW available to watch online https://youtu.be/Alnz1SaXv5M

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    Meet Lisa

    Lisa Grace Wright, C.F.T., F.A.S., is the C.E.O. of L.G.W. Fitness Inc., a published author, a functional aging specialist, and a business coach for the Functional Aging Institute. Through strategic planning and marketing consulting, she helps fitness business owners, from small studios to big box gyms, create a compelling and effective business plan to inspire an aging population to take action toward their health.

    Over the last 20+ years, Lisa has built her brand, Your Personal Best in Corpus Christi, Texas. She has expanded her influence across the country, equipping others like herself who want to change lives and promote aging actively.

  3. Success Story: Online Training

     

    Success Story: How an Online Training Session Made a Believer Out of Me

    I live in a small condo in the middle of a big city, with no room for workout equipment inside.

    After the coronavirus hit a few weeks ago, I wanted to keep working out. I’m 56, and I’ve never gone two weeks without going to the gym. I was doubtful when I started hearing about gyms, studios, and trainers offering online workouts. I like weights, room to stretch, and cardio equipment.

    Luckily, my city has miles of paths and plenty of beautiful parks right outside my door. And a friend in the fitness industry showed me how easy and effective at-home workouts can be.

    Move Your Feet

    Instead of driving almost every day to the gym, I started walking in the afternoons. I quickly got up to 4 miles at a pop, every other day.

    It was good exercise, of course, and it felt wonderful to be outside and among people.

    Seriously – birds were chirping, children were laughing, and the sunshine warmed my soul.

    I remembered the physical and psychological benefits of walking. It doesn’t just make us feel good – it’s good for our bodies and it stimulates our minds.

    Henry David Thoreau knew this: “The moment my legs begin to move, my thoughts begin to flow.”

    Science agrees. In one study, experts found participants who walked more saw an 81 percent rise on a key scale to measure divergent and convergent thinking, the two main components of creative thinking.

    Bloom Where You’re Planted

    I pushed the coffee table into the corner for my first tentative attempt at a home workout. It was OK, but I needed someone to help me make the most of it.

    That’s when I got an email from Drew, a local trainer I’ve known for years but never used. He’s a nice guy with a sterling reputation and a cover-model physique. Plus, he was giving a free week, so I had nothing to lose.

    So, on Monday morning, I put my laptop next to the TV, cleared my floor again, and logged on for the session, along with about 10 other people. (Zoom is a snap!) Drew told us to find a couple of cans of food and a heavy book or bottle of detergent, plus a small bench or ottoman.

    He then led us through a challenging full-body workout. My heart rate was up. I was sweating. At a few points, I struggled to keep up.

    Drew was there with gentle encouragement for me and the others, and I stuck with it – glad at the end that I did.

    More Than Enough for Now

    I didn’t go for a walk that day, but I’m still going to incorporate it into my routine, along with online workouts at home.

    Walking is a great exercise, particularly for other people over 50 and especially now, since we’re all facing challenges to exercise or even just to move our bodies.

    Meet the challenge. Between simple walking and the magic of the Internet, I did – and I’m so glad.

    As difficult as life can be right now, we all have to take care of ourselves.

    We got this, y’all. Stay strong.


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