The Real Truth

First: the not-so-good-news

Here are some sobering facts: According to the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America

  • Muscle flexibility declines by 7% per decade of adult life, which can make performing everyday activities more difficult as we age
  • Bone mass peaks between ages 20 and 30 and then progressively deteriorates after that, especially in postmenopausal women, leading to the potential development of osteoporosis.
  • Reaction time has been found to be 25% slower in older adults, limiting quick response to various stimuli
  • Maximum aerobic capacity decreases with age, regardless of physical fitness level. On average, there is a 10% decline per decade in VO2max from age 25 to age 65. 
  • There’s a 25% decrease in peak muscle force (muscle strength) and lean tissue from age 40–65 years of age with an accelerating loss thereafter, affecting us in multiple ways. With a loss in lean tissue or lean body mass, resting metabolism slows, leading to an increase in body fat, which can negatively influence our body systems.

Second: the GREAT news 

We CAN do something about it! 

Research shows conclusively that doing some exercise is better than none and doing the minimum recommended 5 days per week X 30 minutes per day average shows remarkable benefits! So no matter how you do the math, that’s 150 minutes weekly. You can do it! 

This research also shows that training the body in multiple ways is optimal for benefits to be felt and seen. Balanced training modalities including Strengthening, Cardiovascular training, Flexibility work, balance and neuromuscular focused exercise gives us the best possible outcomes. This is a summation of the recommendations developed by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), the American Heart Association (AHA), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS) for older adults.

This is the main reason Rivers Run Pilates and Specialty Fitness exists! My passion is helping you become your very best. We know that if you are happy when you exercise and you are meeting others in a wonderful environment with similar goals you’ll stick with it, find a friend or two and enjoy your experience. 

We are several more weeks away from finishing the remodeling at the studio but I am still meeting clients one-on-one concierge style.  If you want to get started before the construction is complete, I am ready to help you!Contact me via email or phone, just reach out and let’s see where a new beginning will lead you.

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