When people ask me why I chose to focus on boomers and seniors when I started a new career as certified exercise professional, I tell them it was self-serving. When I left my 23 year corporate career I was almost 50. According to the latest studies on the ‘longevity bonus’, the extra 30+ years added to our lifespan, I could work for many more years, making a positive impact on other people’s lives while having fulfillment in my own. To do that, I needed to keep myself healthy and energetic. As a baby boomer, I needed to research how the body ages and what exercise strategies would slow and even reverse the effects of aging.
I feel fortunate to have entered the exercise science field at a time of revelatory studies on the amazing benefits of exercise to reverse the effects of aging. Gone is the thinking that we inevitably grow frail as we age. Although we begin to lose muscle mass starting in our 30’s and it accelerates as we age, not only can regain it but we can build muscle and bone into our 90’s and beyond with consistent, focused exercise. The studies show just 30 minutes of full body strength training at least twice a week is enough to keep us active and avoid muscle loss.