No age limit to prime fit­ness

The Citizen (KZN) - - Sport -

Just when I think to have seen it all in the fit­ness in­dus­try, the in­dus­try sur­prises me. Fit­ness and health and well­ness are ev­ery­thing but bor­ing and mun­dane. I have just come off the last 10s event where there were lit­er­ally thou­sands of ath­letes aged 30 plus competing. A com­pe­ti­tion tour­na­ment is a va­ri­ety of sports rang­ing from soc­cer, rugby, net­ball, dodge­ball to hockey.

I ran the re­cov­ery lounge and even though strap­ping, mas­sag­ing and ice baths were well used, it’s amaz­ing to see how many older ath­letes are still par­tic­i­pat­ing in their sport of choice and not just at a tour­na­ment, but in leagues too. Just be­cause you are get­ting older doesn’t mean your fit­ness lev­els should die off and that you are not ca­pa­ble of push­ing harder.

Roger Federer is 38-years-old and is still competing at top level on the in­ter­na­tional tennis cir­cuit. Sure, as you get older it takes longer to re­cover but you are also men­tally tougher and more fo­cused which gives you the ad­van­tage over the young­sters. Ad­vance­ments in the fit­ness in­dus­try are es­sen­tial for the growth of the health and well­ness sec­tor and pro­grams are mov­ing to­wards be­ing more tai­lored and needs-spe­cific.

Ex­er­cise does not have to be bor­ing, all you need to do is re­search a lit­tle, read my column and try some­thing new un­til you find some­thing you love, and stick with it. Whether it is stretch­ing, yoga or dance classes. Em­brace move­ment and keep mov­ing.

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