10 Rules To Aging Actively

It’s Active Aging Week. From October 5 -11 we should think about, and celebrate, aging well and the benefits of daily activity at any age.

During this week (and every week) at Haysboro Fit, we offer clients 50+ an approachable way to train by offering high-quality, personalized, small group training in our boutique studio setting. Our training approach focuses on strength, mobility, balance, and calisthenics.

Here's a fun fact, according to Wikipedia, the word calisthenics comes from the ancient Greek words kalós, which means "beautiful" (to emphasize the aesthetic pleasure that derives from the perfection of the human body), and sthenos, meaning "strength" (great mental strength, courage, strength, and determination). It is the art of using one's body weight as resistance in order to develop physique.

At Haysboro Fit we offer clients a way to develop their beautiful strength. We train for life, and embrace aging at every (beautiful) stage; helping you find the strength (inside and out) that we know you're capable of.

To celebrate being beautiful during Active Aging Week, we thought we'd offer a top ten list of rules to age actively in the spirit of David Letterman (less the humour bit):

Haysboro Fit's 10 Rules to Active Aging

  1. Ask questions if an exercise doesn’t make sense. It's important to know the the 'why' before the 'what' (e.g. how does this exercise help me train for my beautiful life and complement my other activities?).

  2. Think twice before engaging in a new fitness trend. Here's a rule of thumb, if it hasn't been around for a decade or more, remember point 1.

  3. Don't over do it. We'll repeat: don't over do it.

  4. Build a foundation of basic strength, mobility, balance, and focus. You should be able to do a single leg dead-lift. You should be able to crab walk. If you can’t, talk to us. If you don’t know what either of those are, talk to us. (Here's a hint: they target one of your most important muscles - your glutes!)

  5. I heard this once: It is your parents’ fault. You’re hamstrung by your genetic capabilities. Sometimes you won’t be able to do something as well as someone else. But, I’ll add this: you’re also gifted by your genetic capabilities. Recognize the former, leverage the latter. You can do something someone else can’t.

  6. Train outside as much as possible. We're blessed to live in Canada; be okay with bundling up.

  7. Have fun. Always. Preferably with other people (see point below).

  8. Do it with someone else. Chatting while you’re exercising is a good way to monitor if you’re overdoing it (see point 3). If you’re gasping for air, stop, take a breather, give thanks and just enjoy being outside.

  9. Get stronger - don't lose muscle! This will literally extend your life and your enjoyment of it.

  10. Embrace the days where life happens and you don’t get to 1 through 9. They’ll remind you that you're better, healthier and stronger when achieving 1 through 9.

Active Aging Week Homework

Here's a way you can (re)start the journey towards active aging and celebrate what your beautiful body is capable of:

  • Grab a friend, family member or your spouse

  • Go outside and walk for 20 or 30 minutes. If you pass a park bench, do a 3-5 elevated push ups using the bench

  • Return to walking, breathe in the fresh air, admire the fall foliage

  • If you pass a copse of trees, do 5 to 10 squats

  • Return to walking, take a moment to give thanks to your partner and what they're capable of

  • If you pass a cyclist do 5-10 hinges

  • And repeat. You get the idea. Walk and when you pass something interesting, stop to enjoy it and while you're at perform basic functional movements (e.g. squats, lunges, push and pull movements)

Go outside, explore, play and enjoy life. Have periods of easier walking interspersed with building strength. The best part with this approach is It’s open 24 hours a day, never crowded, great exercise, and something you can do with friends and family.

Here's to beautiful strength and active aging!