Physical decline associated with aging is not simply the result of getting older. It’s a product of becoming less active as we age. The human body needs regular physical activity, exercise, and good nutrition. This doesn’t change when you move into old age—the old adage “use it or lose it” is probably more true when you’re in your 60s and beyond than when you’re in your 40s. Not practicing healthy habits (regular exercise and good nutrition) can lead to problems like excessive muscle loss, deteriorating bone density, declines in strength and endurance, and problems with balance and flexibility.
The process does not need to be grueling, only consistent and designed to accommodate any issues you might already have. People over 60 have different training needs and goals than their younger counterparts and working with a trainer who is educated to that and enjoys working with people in this age group can make the process more enjoyable and effective.