Exercise Equipment Doesn’t Come with Age Limits

Stop – in the name of age?

Believe it or not, some mature adults are discouraged from working out by well-meaning people using old stereotypes like these:

  • “Put that thing down before you hurt yourself.”
  • “No, that equipment isn’t for you golden oldies.”
  • “Just walk a few minutes when you can – that’s all you should do at your age.”

If you haven’t been subjected to such nonsense, then good for you. But you probably have been told that some fitness equipment is off-limits based simply on your age — if you’re like most people over 50 who want to get or stay in shape.

We know that just isn’t true.

Focus on Function, Not Age

Cody Sipe, a professor and co-founder of the Functional Aging Institute, works to erode ageist, needlessly limiting myths that keep mature adults from living their best lives.

Cody says the focus should be on functional ability – not an individual’s age.

“Depending on each client, we trainers can use all the tools at our disposal – including strength machines, barbells, elliptical trainers, step climbers and more for clients at any age,” Cody says.

A few of the common myths:

  • Older people should never lift weights. In fact, not only canmost mature people lift weights, but they should lift weights. Resistance bands are a good place to start. “You can build more strength with cable machines or free weights,” Cody urges.
  • That’s enough for you, Gramps. Nothing is necessarily “too hard” for everyone past a certain milestone – and working hard is necessary to achieve and maintain fitness. Walking and jogging are nice first steps, so to speak – but they are not enough, Cody says. You need to work on strength, cardiovascular endurance, and flexibility to maintain healthy function.
  • Exercise Is Too Risky at This Stage of Life. Being sedentary is more dangerous than moving your body with purpose, Cody says. He often urges people with, say, lower-limb discomfort or osteoarthritis to hit the ellipticals, bikes and rowing machines common in fitness facilities.

No ‘One Size Fits All’ Restrictions

As long as they’re physically capable and have proper instruction, mature people can use any of a gym’s equipment that younger people do.

Try something new and learn what you like. If you’re curious about kettlebells, for instance, we’d be happy to show you how and why you might want to use them!

Some caution can be useful….you want to avoid injury so definitely ask for help if you don’t know what to do!

Everyone is unique. By this point in life, we might have faced disease, injury, surgeries, or other experiences that can require adjustments. Speak with your doctor if you have concerns that he or she needs to address.

We’re here to help you learn what’s right for you – what you like, what’s effective for you. That doesn’t mean taking it easy all the time and restricting your curiosity along with your physical function.

Fitness should be safe and fun, not frustrating. It should open doors, not close them. Reply to this email or call the studio to book a complimentary consultation! 

Let’s Go: Get Fit for Travel

Travelling is supposed to be fun, but we all know it can be hard work sometimes.

You have to walk through big airports. Stand in line. Carry luggage, and maybe lift it up to put it in the plane’s overhead compartment.

Then, when you reach your destination, you might be enjoying a sport or hobby, shepherding kids around an amusement park, or hiking up the ancient stairs of a historical site.

When we reach retirement age, we finally have the time and money to travel more than perhaps we did when we were working and raising kids. But too many people reach this stage of life and find they’re worried about frailty or functional abilities to enjoy a trip.

Take Jo Ann Bloodgood, for instance, who grew up dreaming about visiting the Galapagos Islands and seeing the unique creatures that live there. At 80, she had gone through a bypass surgery, two knee replacements, and treatment for Parkinson’s disease. Trip organizers warned of a strenuous experience. Participants would have to climb in and out of little boats, and walk a mile or more to see the wildlife.

So, Jo Ann decided to get ready by getting in shape at Miracles Fitness in West Lafayette, Indiana (owned by my biz coaches, Dr. Dan and Dr. Cody). Her trainer started her slowly, and then gradually built up Jo Ann’s strength and endurance with balance exercises, stair work, and more.

Long story short, Jo Ann made that bucket-list trip, and enjoyed every bit of it!

Are you in shape for your travel plans?

Let us help you build up your strength, stamina and flexibility so you can go where you want to go – and do whatever you want!

Portobello Eggs Benedict

Have you ever noticed how most of our favourite breakfast dishes centre around a grain+gluten filled item? Breakfast is notoriously a high-carb, low protein meal, which sets you up for a day filled with poor food choices.

So, rather than go with the high-carb flow, start your day off with this Portobello Eggs Benedict – where a marinated and roasted Portobello mushroom cap is used to replace the English muffin. Think of it as a modern, fitness-friendly version of Eggs Benedict that will keep you on track with your results. Enjoy!

What you need
Serves 4

For the Marinade:

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1 Tablespoon minced shallot
  • sea salt and black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil

For the Creamy Mustard Sauce:

  • 2 Tablespoons coconut cream
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh chives, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon water

For the Benedicts:

  • 4 Portobello mushrooms
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup baby spinach

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl whisk together the marinade ingredients. Wash the mushrooms and remove the stems. Place the mushrooms in a ziplock bag with the marinade for 30 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  2. In a medium bowl combine the mustard sauce ingredients. Mix until creamy then store in the fridge.
  3. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Lightly grease a rimmed baking sheet with olive oil. Place the marinated mushrooms on the pan and bake for 20 minutes, flipping halfway through.
  4. In a large saucepan, bring 2 inches of water to a simmer (not a boil!) Add the vinegar. One at a time, crack the eggs into a cup and gently slip into the water. Simmer for 2-3 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove the eggs.
  5. Plate each benedict by topping a Portobello with spinach, a poached egg and a dollop of creamy mustard sauce. Enjoy!

Nutrition
297 calories, 12g fat, 2g carbohydrate, 172mg sodium, 2g fibre, and 7g protein