Rais­ing the bar

Weightlift­ing in old age

The Guardian - G2 - - Front Page -

It may not be how you in­tended to spend older age, but there it is; a study by re­searchers at the Uni­ver­sity of Dublin has shown con­clu­sively that older peo­ple ben­e­fit from resistance train­ing to strengthen their mus­cles. They have con­cluded GPs should pre­scribe it to avoid frailty, which af­fects half of peo­ple above 80. Twenty to 25 min­utes of ac­tiv­ity, four days a week at home, with an em­pha­sis on a high-pro­tein diet, is ideal.

Do­rian Jones, who runs the Lon­don-based Marigold Fit­ness classes, may be the coun­try’s fore­most se­nior-trainer. The 42-year-old is a cer­ti­fied boxing coach, a level three per­sonal trainer and used to be on the bas­ket­ball team for the po­lice force, but he de­vel­oped a pas­sion for work­ing with older peo­ple. Most of his clients are in their 70s or 80s. A hand­ful are in their 90s. “I had a woman who was 102, and she un­for­tu­nately passed. But she looked amaz­ing!”

As­sum­ing a base fit­ness level of be­ing able to get up, sit down and get to the kitchen, here is the best way to start. Zoe Wil­liams

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