I had an older gentlemen who came to meet with me yesterday. Considering his age and a few health problems he had gone through, he was moving quite well. During our discussion he said he had a theory of "if you don't use it, you lose it".
He then begin telling me what movements he tries to keep in his exercise plan such as walking everyday, pressing weight over his head, as well as several others. The most amazing part of his story was that he retrained the muscles in his forehead to regain the ability to lift his left eyebrow after many radiation treatments to defeat skin cancer on his face took that away. He said after the treatment everyday he would use his fingers to pull up the eyebrow and visualize his muscles working correctly. After a lot of practice it began to work.
So what movements are most important to you? Off the top of my had these are the movements that jump out at me.
Ability to get up from the floor (Get-Ups, Burpees)
Push/Pull light objects (Basic strength straining for arms)
These would be the bare minimum patterns for basic survival and activities of daily living as we age in my opinion. A workout based around this could look like:
10 Minutes of Brisk Walking
3 x 10 Goblet Squats
3 x 10 Push-Up (or Chest Press)
3 x 10 Seated Row
10 Minutes Brisk Walking
The above would be a function or movement based workout around the movement patterns we would look to maintain as we age to keep strong and mobile.
Many of us my have other past times or goals. If you wish to play sports as you age you need to prepare your body for that. If you have a goal of dancing at your grand daughters wedding or playing pick-up basketball against your kid in the back yard then stay fit now and for the years to come to enable yourself to do so.
We are Amber and Jordan Kirbey. We are excited to share our experiences and ideas with you!