I had a new member start with me yesterday for one-on-one training. She is 61 and is planning on hiking Yosemite next spring. She came to me with the goal to get stronger.

 

Like all one-on-one clients, we started our first session with a body composition analysis, a thorough movement assessment and began to look at relative strength. I was amazed after finishing the movement assessment. At 61 years old, her Body Fat percentage was in the “good” range and she had no limitations on any of her movement screens. She was almost able to perform a strict push-up holding a tight core and she passed the 2-minute Sorenson hold test! I think she could outperform most people a lot younger than her.

 

Over the next couple of months, we’ll get her stronger and improve her cardiovascular conditioning. She will be physically capable of fully enjoying her Yosemite experience!

 

This got me thinking of so many people I see in public these days. The obesity rate is climbing and people are less physically active. A lot of parents are so busy with their kids’ activities, they are not taking the time to take care of themselves. Unfortunately for many of them, their health will deteriorate, and when they are ready for their “Yosemite” trip, they won’t be able to fully enjoy it.

 

Why is this? I think it is priorities. We spend our time, and our money, on the things we consider important. We feel fine, so our health and wellness isn’t considered a priority (at the time).  On the other hand, our kids are a priority (rightfully so).

 

Other priorities might include our morning coffee (perhaps loaded with sugar and cream), eating dinners out with friends and family, enjoying a social drink (or two), TV time in the evening, and mindlessly scrolling Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. These activities however, won’t necessarily lead to becoming healthier and fit. In fact, they will lead to the opposite!

 

Slowly energy will fade, aches and pains set in and this becomes the new norm. We think this is “normal” for everyone as we get older.

 

Sorry, it’s not normal and it doesn’t need to be that way.

 

I’m not saying you have to work out for two hours a day, five days a week to be fit. A couple of days a week getting some resistance training and cardio will go a long way to helping you enjoy your “Yosemite” trip when you’re ready for it.

With that training, better food choices will keep off the creep of extra pounds we seem to gain every year. Focusing your meals on plates of homemade food that contain a combination of protein (fish, meat), vegetables and a healthy starch (sweet potatoes, quinoa) should be your focus. Make sure these healthy foods are better absorbed into your body by taking your time at each meal and thoroughly chew your food (this is where digestion starts).

 

End each day with a night of good sleep.

 

Follow these basics and enjoy your Yosemite trip!

 

In health

 

~Alan

 

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