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The importance of exercise as we age

Here at Functional Fitness, we're lucky to have clients of all ages. The great majority are over 35 years but many are well into their 50s, 60s and 70s. They are continuing to exercise with us because they know the importance of keeping active, building strength and improving mobility as they age.

In our 40s and 50s there are changes in sex hormones and muscle mass, and some decrease in cardiovascular function but, with regular exercise, we age more slowly, and are better equipped to lead healthier, more vigorous lives. A Harvard University alumnus study, for example, suggested that men can gain about two hours of additional life expectancy for each hour of exercise.

Suspension training is excellent training at any age, as it develops balance, flexibility and joint stability and - most importantly, a strong core. A developed core contributes to proper alignment and posture, which in turn improves circulation, nervous system health and more effective results than when we exercise any other muscle group. Because suspension training is a low impact form of exercise you’re much less likely to sustain an injury. Also, performing movements when suspended means your body is pushed beyond what a simple floor exercise can deliver, therefore meaning your body gets a better workout. ,

F2 is the only gym in the area that offers dedicated suspension training in a specially adapted environment - both 1-2-1 training, and regular group classes.

In addition, we should continue to maintain good levels of activity through other activities:

- walking - aim for 10,000 steps per day

- swimming - excellent for building lung capacity without aggravating joints

- yoga and pilates - both are excellent for enhancing joint mobility and flexibility

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