Well, I have been over fifty for a little while now. I can say for certain that I am so grateful for my continued good health, and the health of my family. I am grateful that I read an article in 2008 that prompted me to follow the teaching Pavel Tsatsouline with kettlebells. The strength I have learned has “fixed” my body. I am stronger at 51 than at any time in my life, and I am helping my students learn to get strong too.
Many of my strength students are “seniors”. I guess that title comes at some magic age number like 65 or something, and I have the honor of witnessing them get stronger, stand straighter, move better, and feel better every day, the really cool thing is you can learn to get stronger at any age.
Learning to be strong may sound impossible, you may think that strength is something that some people have and some just don’t. You may even be under the understandable, but incorrect notion that you may be too old to get stronger. Strength is a skill. All skills can be taught. If you are capable of learning to play a new card game, you are capable of learning strength. If you can sit on the toilet, and get up unassisted, you can learn to dead lift and swing a kettlebell.
Many of the “symptoms” of aging are quite literally reversible with strength training. Being able to get up and down from the floor with ease can change a person’s quality of life for the much better. High blood pressure and Type 2 Diabetes can be reversed to the point where people can reduce, or actually get off their prescribed medications. Weight bearing exercise is proven to increase bone density. Strength makes a person resilient to injury, and Kettlebell training improves cardiovascular endurance and flexibility as well!
So, if you have been thinking of starting some kind of exercise program, find a Strong First Instructor in your area. Start now because getting old is not for sissies!