Celia Findlay, 61, decided to make a change and trained to become a personal trainer. Now, she works teaching wellness classes and training people of all ages. Talking about their clients, Celia explained that since the pandemic, the over 50s “have started to attend the gym more frequently with many stating they have never felt better or fitter”.
Celia is a former horseriding instructor who likes to stay fit at age 60. She achieves that by running regularly and has taken part in over 100 marathons.
She also competed for the British Masters Athletic Federation (BMAF) in over 50s and over 60s races for 100m, 200m, 5000m on the track and even ultra-marathons.
The trainer shared her advice on how over 60s can stay fit, and said it’s never too late to start doing something new.
She explained: “From a personal perspective I know how important physical health and wellbeing is for a happier life and reaching goals. I have started to see more over 50s taking up exercise and attending wellness classes, something which then gives them confidence and increases their motivation. As I always say, you’re never too old to start something new!”
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Running every day is a great way to lose weight and “studies show that running just five to 10 minutes each day at a moderate pace may help reduce your risk of death from heart attacks, strokes, and other common diseases,” Healthline explained.
Experts at Run and Become shared some of the reasons why over 60s should start running including to improve all-round general health and fitness and to shed a few pounds.
Some of the benefits of running daily include:
- Helping to prolong an active life
- Improving all-round general health
- Helping to keep weight under control
- Helping to maintain mobility, suppleness and muscle tone
- Making for a positive mental attitude, with ongoing simple and achievable goals
- Moderate exercise has also been shown to promote better sleep
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Dawn Kissack, 59, retired five years ago and finally found the time to revisit one of her passions in life: swimming.
Dawn now competes and has taken part in The European Masters and European Championships, competing for the first time four years ago and becoming the 50m freestyle master swimming champion in her age group (55-59).
She now swims four times a week and finds that it helps with her mental health by enabling her to switch off and improve her mindfulness, and she is fitter than ever.
She also shared her story and her best tips for women her age who want to lose weight and stay fit.
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The swimmer explained: “At 59 I am still setting myself new challenges, working on my swimming technique and achieving training goals.
“I enjoy being active and feeling great, and reaping the rewards of regular exercise. I have no doubt that exercise, not least swimming, is the best way to maintain a healthy mind and body for everyone including the over 50s.
“My love of swimming was interrupted by the pandemic, but I have returned to the pool with renewed enthusiasm. I am now training for the Masters World Swimming Championships in Japan next year”.
Healthline explained that one of the “biggest benefits of swimming is that it truly works your entire body, head to toe”.
Swimming “is the easiest way to get a full-body workout”, and is appropriate for people with injuries, arthritis or disabilities.
The health site added: “Swimming is an efficient way to burn calories. A 160-pound person burns approximately 423 calories an hour while swimming laps at a low or moderate pace. That same person may burn up to 715 calories an hour swimming at a more vigorous pace.
“Swimming may also be an affordable exercise option compared to some others, like cycling. Many pools offer reasonable rates to join. Some public schools and other centres offer swim hours for free, or for a sliding scale according to your income.
“If you’re still concerned about the costs of joining a pool, check with your employer or your health insurance. Some offer reimbursements for joining a fitness program,” Healthline advised.